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 […]
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 […]
A really useful paper from Evaluation Support Scotland including 10 principles to think about when planning or doing evaluation in the context of asset-based approaches. “People in the third sector and funders tell us that they need to evaluate their asset based work for funders, policy-makers and for their own improvement. But they face the challenge of how to reconcile the need for evidence of impact of asset-based programmes, whilst maintaining informal approaches in practice. They need to show […]
To mark the Year of Young People, Evaluation Support Scotland has been working with the Big Lottery Fund to support their grantholders to test out ways of involving young people in evaluation. Seven projects in the youth work sector, supporting young people between the ages of 8 and 24, stepped up to try out different ways of handing the evaluation reins over to young people. The project leads involved young people in a range of different ways from agreeing project outcomes to […]
Overheard this week and loosely paraphrased: if you’re doing some kind of co-production process/event/gathering and you’re nervous about how it’s going, here’s a rule of thumb: if people come out smiling, it’s working! #evaluation #simple
Durose, C., Mangam, C., Needham, C., Rees, J. (2014). Evaluating Co-Production: Pragmatic Approaches to Building the Evidence Base. https://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/conference/papers/2014/Evidencing%20Coproduction%20PSA%20paper,%20final.pdf A summary paper examining the issues surrounding how co-production is evidenced in an objective and quantifiable, cost effective manner.
Stern. E,. (2015). Impact Evaluation: A Guide for Commissioners and Managers. BOND https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/57a0896de5274a31e000009c/60899_Impact_Evaluation_Guide_0515.pdf An in-depth offering of how to construct relevant evaluations for instances of Co-Production.
Scottish Government. Evaluation Support Scotland. 2015. Why Bother Involving People in Evaluation (Beyond Feedback – A Workbook). SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT & EVALUATION SUPPORT SCOTLAND. http://evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk/media/uploads/resources/426_ess_involving_people_in_evaluation_web_-_final_web.pdf A useful tool/guide to assist service providers in their adoption/use of co-productive methods with service users.
The Better Care Fund. (2015). How to… Understand and Measure Impact. https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bcf-user-guide-04.pdf.pdf A “how to” guide on the design of changing systems and their subsequent measurement for impact achieved.
Co-Production: A Literature Review and Environmental Scan Durham College, Municipality of Durham Social Services Department, (2016). Co-Production: A Literature Review and Environmental Scan. DURHAM COLLEGE & DURHAM REGION. https://durhamcollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/Final-Report-Co-production-Literature-Review-Env.-Scan-2016.pdf A useful “state of play” essay that acknowledges the many forms co-production can take and the challenges it faces – both in terms of application and evaluation. Also useful for links to scholarly works that examine the subject. Activating Citizens to Participate in Collective Co-Production […]