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Author: Noreen Blanluet

Measuring What Matters (a thinking tool)

Measuring What Matters is a simple and practical tool for anyone undertaking evaluation, to help them ask the right questions, of the right people, in the right way. There is a huge amount of guidance available to organisations regarding evaluation, but the landscape can be hard to navigate. It is not always easy to separate the good advice from the bad, to know which advice is relevant and which isn’t, and to know exactly how you should gather […]

Tents around a campfire: evidencing transformation

Both understanding and evaluating social change are complex undertakings. A variety of approaches and standards are currently used across the field, by projects, research, and policy; and often these do not join up or speak of the same outcomes and indicators. There is a history of conversations about these issues, which we wanted to build on within the context of associated policy, practice and research development in Wales. On 17th April 2018, the Co-production Network for Wales, with support from Welsh Government and the Wales School […]

Our Future Foyle

“Our Future Foyle” is a transformative, innovative cultural and health intervention focused on the River Foyle in Derry/Londonderry. The project has been developed over the past two years through extensive community and stakeholder engagement. It aims to improve the health and social well-being of everyone using the riverfront of the River Foyle, through rejuvenation and animation of the banks and bridges as a shared positive space. As a research and design project the aim is […]

Data Cymru’s Guide to Evaluation

To support those undertaking evaluation, Data Cymru have launched an Evaluation Guide. Developed with support from national partners, the guide serves as an introduction to evaluation and sets out the key steps and factors that need to be considered when planning evaluation. The guide does not try to be the definitive source of information on evaluation. It seeks to cover the key concepts and terminology, including evaluation types, evidence bases and measuring options. It aims to convey […]

The Place Standard: how good is our place?

The Place Standard is a free tool (originally developed in Scotland) which offers a way of helping to get conversations going about any place (it could be your street or neighbourhood), by using some simple questions. It allows you to think about physical elements like buildings and transport links, as well as social aspects like whether people feel they have a say in decision making. The Place Standard is a tool that brings citizens together […]

Civic tech: digital tools for citizen involvement

“Civic technology, or civic tech for short, is technology that enables engagement, participation or enhances the relationship between the people and government by enhancing citizen communications and public decision, improving government delivery of service, and infrastructure.” – Wikipedia With thanks to WCVA for the shortlist and analysis of functionalities – the table falls off the page on the website so please click through to this spreadsheet to see the details! Most of these are designed specifically with […]

Getting things changed: disabled people’s organisations and co-production

‘Getting Things Changed’ was a large multi-centre programme of UK based research in Disability Studies, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council between 2015-2018. It was led by a team at the University of Bristol, with Disability Rights UK, the National Development Team for Inclusion and partners in three other universities. The report highlights the successes and challenges of a co-productive approach – refer particularly to the executive summary and introduction, and to the detail of chapter 9 (page 40) […]

Case studies on the Ideas Hub

The Ideas Hub is an online platform for collecting and sharing the stories of those who are already using collaborative, asset based and community approaches in their work on the front line. Case studies are published in the following categories – follow the links for more! Asset based Blog Case study Children and young people Co-production Collaboration Commissioning Community engagement Community resilience Education Idea of the Month Interview Place based health Report Social action Video Well being

Theatre for social change

From Ideas Hub: “Over the last few months we’ve been enjoying taking part in work around co-production; thinking about the ‘art of co-production’ and looking for examples of co-production in action. We’ve been thinking about how innovative projects bring people together and reshape how we think about wellbeing in community settings. Since the times of the ancient Greeks, theatre was a common way for people to gather, to learn about social issues, and even inspire […]

Co-designed transportation solutions

The Centre for Public Impact have been involved in Mobiliti, a co-design workshop aimed at building transportation solutions in US Cities. The principles of inclusive collaboration were applied to designing the future of transportation for cities. The co-design session led to the development of twenty transportation pilots, several of which received funding or a partnership within just weeks of being pitched. Follow the links for key lessons learned, lived experiences, and how to do it yourself.

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