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 […]
The guide offers easy to follow, step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. It is for anyone who wants to use evidence to improve policy and practice, regardless of the level of experience they have in doing so. Therefore, it is intended that this guide will also be of value to a wide range of stakeholders, including: practitioners, service managers, funders and commissioners, and policy makers and […]
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
Lozano-Casal, P., Tyler-Grieg, R. (2017). Evidencing Genuine Co-Production in the Third Sector. TSRF. http://www.evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk/media/uploads/tsrf/evidencing_successful_co-production_in_the_third_sector_-_final.pdf A review of Scottish Co-Production and how effective it is measured to be.
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.
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 […]
This powerful and moving community research project from Scotland highlights the impact of the power imbalance between professionals and service-recipients (asylum-seekers in this instance) that undermines trust and lessens participants’ belief that their voices will actually be heard. The key messages are that community-led research should be focused around issues identified by the community, and that the people affected should be enabled to carry out the research and take action themselves. Crucially, they say, you […]
This is the Spice evaluation of the impact of co-production across a range of time-credit initiatives in England and Wales: over 1300 people participated during a two-year period. Given that time credits are referenced in the Social Services & Wellbeing Act and in Prudent Healthcare as a key approach to co-produced and citizen-led services, this report couldn’t be more timely. Headline figures are impressive: 65% of participants said that their quality of life had improved; […]
‘Simple but not Simplistic – Developing Evidence Enriched Practice (DEEP)’ is a collaborative action research and development project involving the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC), the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) in Scotland and a number of social care agencies and local authorities in Wales and Scotland. Both IRISS and ASCC have a strong focus on the use of research evidence in social care […]