Things to consider when making decisions about evaluating your programme.
- Why do you want to evaluate your programme?
- Who is your evaluation for?
(for funders or as a way to empower practitioners? For volunteers, audiences and participants? To develop your own practices and develop the organisation? or is it for social, economic, environmental reasons?)
- What do you want to measure?
- How will your findings contribute to your organisations future planning?
- Do you need to hire external consultants or can you do it in house?
- When will you conduct your evaluation?
- What methodology and tools will you choose?
- Do you need support planning your methodology?
- What have other people done in the organisation or externally?
- How do you want your results to look/feed back?
- What evidence base will you draw on?
if: Volunteering for wellbeing aims to measure the impact of responsible volunteering in the heritage sector, exploring how it can combat social and economic isolation and improve wellbeing.
The team have commissioned Envoy Partnership and Our Life Manchester to conduct a longitudinal 3 year impact evaluation. The tools being used to evaluate the programme will draw on the Cabinets Office’s guide to Social return on investment.
Methodology includes the following:
- quantification of Social Return on Investment (SROI)
- measurement of well-being change
- stakeholder engagement
- observed participant behaviour
- qualitative depth interviews
- tracked case studies
- quantitative research and annual surveys of a broad sample of the learners
We are hoping evaluation will demonstrate the wider social return, financial value and economic impact or resource savings to the programme’s full range of stakeholders, including the public purse and local services.
Through our strategic approach and the production of robust evidence, we aim to highlight the value of social learning programmes which will enable us to communicate and influence policy makers and funders in the future