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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 the data you need in order to begin evaluating. Getting it wrong can mean putting pressure on internal resources, failing to provide the information and evidence you need and causing confusion, inconvenience or anxiety amongst the people you support.

Measuring What Matters helps by connecting an up-to-date, curated list of data collection methods (each linked to reliable and respected organisations, published guidance and resources) with a simple set of questions, making sure you always find the right way to collect data and measure impact when evaluating your activities.

Measuring What Matters can
o Help you to identify the data collection methods which are best suited to your needs, the needs of the people you support, and the needs of the people who support you.
o Help you to find good quality, reliable and practical information and resources regarding data collection.
o Help you to provide clear evidence of your approach to data collection, and the quality of data it provides.
o Complement your organisation’s existing evaluation approach.

Measuring What Matters can’t
o Replace the need for a holistic and considered approach to evaluation within your organisation.
o List every possible way of collecting data.
o Help you to establish what you should be evaluating in the first place.
o Guarantee that the data you collect will demonstrate the impacts you hoped for!

Click here to open the pdf toolkit in a new tab.

 

 

The toolkit is being translated and a Welsh version will be available soon!

In the meantime, you can also print out this summary wall chart (it is best viewed in A2 size, but A3 is ok too!):

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