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Measuring What Matters online tool result: code CHJ

This is an entry that complements the Measuring What Matters toolkit which you can find here:


Measuring What Matters online tool result: code CHJ


Technical description

You want to adopt quantitative and consultative approach, to an economic evaluation, and want to commit time and resources to gathering rich and detailed evidence.



Participatory approaches: Involve the stakeholders of a programme or policy in the evaluation process. (Source: Better Evaluation)

Co-productive approaches: Share power and responsibility with stakeholders working together in equal, reciprocal and caring relationships. (Source: Co-production Network for Wales)

Qualitative approaches: Focus on the quality of an activity (often feelings and subjective opinions) as opposed to quantity (objective facts and figures).

Consultative approaches: Invite people to share their experiences through some kind of formal and structured process.

Observational approaches: Involve direct observation of people in their typical environment or activity, whilst causing minimal disturbance to that environment or activity.

Experimental approaches: Investigate cause and effect by manipulating aspects of an environment or activity (variables) in a repeatable way with carefully controlled conditions.

Formative Evaluations: Assess the feasibility and potential of a programme, policy or intervention.

Process Evaluations: Assess how effectively a programme, policy or intervention is being, or has been, implemented.

Outcome Evaluations: Assess the extent to which a programme, policy or intervention has achieved its planned outcomes.

Impact Evaluations: Explore and assess longer-term effects, intended or otherwise, of a programme, policy or intervention.

Economic Evaluations: Assess a programme’s or intervention’s value for money.


Data collection methods

Social Return on Investment

Time: high / Cost: high

Social Return on Investment is the process of measuring the value of a project in terms of its social and environmental benefits.

Check out Page 25 of Think Local Act Personal’s guide ‘Does it Work? – A guide to evaluating community capacity initiatives.’


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