OUR SERVICES

Evaluation

Telling your story of change

We specialise in impact focused evaluation.  We provide support to design robust, practical self-evaluation frameworks.  We use a range of research methods to explore the outcomes or change your work has brought about for individuals, organisations or communities.  We have the skills to explore what it is about your approach that works well and how it could be strengthened.

Scottish Book Trust 

Evaluation of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge

Our team evaluated the First Minister’s Reading Challenge (FMRC) in 2018 and 2019. The FMRC is delivered in partnership between Scottish Government, Scottish Book Trust and wider stakeholders. The 2017/18 evaluation focused on primary schools’ participation in the FMRC and involved focus groups with primary school pupils as well as interviews with teachers, parents and partners.

sportscotland, Evaluations

Evaluation of sportscotland supported activity: Schools and Education and Clubs and Communities

We were commissioned by sportscotland to evaluate the work it supports in schools and education, and clubs and communities.  This was a large scale research project which involved gathering views from a wide range of people, including practitioners, teachers, pupils, parents and wider stakeholders. We also explored how this work contributes to national outcomes, as set out in the Active Scotland Outcomes Framework.  The published research reports are available below.

Inspiring Scotland

National evaluations of the CashBack for Communities programme

We evaluated the CashBack for Communities national programme in 2012, 2016 and 2019.  The 2016 evaluation explored the outcomes achieved over three years, collectively across the funded projects, and reviewed the extent to which it addresses inequality and disadvantage.  The 2019 evaluation, which is underway will assess the impact of the programme from 2016 to 2019.

 

Scottish Government 

Evaluation of outcomes and success factors of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) 

We focused this evaluation on 14 capital projects supported through this Fund.  We interviewed project leads, service users, community members and partners about the difference a new or re-developed facility made to their community and neighbourhood. The work focused strongly on community involvement and social outcomes.

Donaldson Trust

Evaluation of the #JunX10n Project

#JunX10n was set up by the Donaldson Trust as a transition support service for young people aged 14 to 25 with neuro-diversities. The service aims to empower young people to identify goals and ambitions for the future. We were commissioned to evaluate the project. This involved in-depth discussions with neuro-diverse young people about the impact of the programme on their journey from school to further learning, training, volunteering, working and independent living. The evaluation also explored delivery of the service, the impact it has had and next steps for the project.

Skills Development Scotland

Evaluation of Foundation Apprenticeship Programme

Our team evaluated the Foundation Apprenticeship programme for Skills Development Scotland, to inform the roll out of the programme across Scotland.  The work involved detailed research with employers and learners, exploring what worked and what didn’t about the programme, and what difference it made to employers and individual learners.  We developed a series of case studies profiling learner and employer experiences.