Evaluation and research

 

What works?

All organisations need to monitor, review and evaluate their activities and many funders require an external evaluation report on projects they have funded. Sometimes you also need to carry out research – primary or secondary – to find evidence, to assess needs, to find out what might work, or to find out what others are doing.

  • Making sure you have effective systems in place before you start a new area of work or activity.
  • Evaluating your work.
  • Making sense of the jargon – just what do funders mean when they talk about outputs, outcomes and impacts?
  • Finding out about needs and about what works.
  • Learning from experience and sharing knowledge gained.

 

Examples of freelance commissions:

  • Design and delivery of an evaluation for a Lottery funded project at the South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association.
  • Design and delivery of a project evaluation for a partnership of refugee and migrant agencies working across Yorkshire and the Humber.
  • Community Action Research project with two faith groups in Sheffield - one Mosque and one Church. Working with volunteers to assess needs and develop community use of their buildings.
  • Delivered the base-line research for a Neighbourhood Management Partnership in Sheffield. I designed, managed and delivered the research for a newly established neighbourhood management project. The project identified resident priorities for change, recruited resident participants for various forums and panels and provided the evidence base for the first three year Neighbourhood Management Plan.
  • As Director of the South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau I lead on the evaluation of projects as well as whole service areas and cross organisational working. With many years expereince of being 'the client' I am always mindful of your needs and expectations.