Presentation on theme: "Developing a strategic evidence base and using existing knowledge Jennifer Colwell & Dave Wolff CUPP, University of Brighton."— Presentation transcript:
Developing a strategic evidence base and using existing knowledge Jennifer Colwell & Dave Wolff CUPP, University of Brighton
A practical approach to improving your evidence base Session is mainly aimed at small third sector organisations with no budget to commission research. Questions to consider: Is research possible/cost effective? What approach is right for you? Quantitative v qualitative. “Taking Account” as example http://www.cvsectorforum.org.uk/takingaccount http://www.cvsectorforum.org.uk/takingaccount Local multiplier (LM3). “Eleven Plus to one” as example http://www.brighton.ac.uk/cupp/resources/11plus.htm http://www.brighton.ac.uk/cupp/resources/11plus.htm Monitoring and evaluation – a day to day approach to building your capacity which we will explore Start with end in mind – who needs to know what? Cupp helpdesk offers a free service to help you scope your research – contact Polly firstname.lastname@example.org@brighton.ac.uk
Dissemination – begin with the end in mind Once you have your information what do you do with it? Who do you want to inform? How do you build interest from those you want to influence/inform Who needs to know? What is your relationship? What is your link with ‘strategic’ organisations? How can you use existing networks?
Monitoring and Evaluation Should be Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timed Clear
Monitoring Monitoring is the gathering and recording of information about an intervention, programme or system. It can be numerical, e.g. people taking a programme of learning, or non-numerical, e.g. record of what was done in a particular meeting (adapted. FESC, 1980)
Evaluation Evaluation is a process of collecting and communicating information and evidence for the purpose of informing judgement and ascribing value to a particular intervention or programme. It must be accurate, relevant, fair, useful and credible. Where evaluation becomes or is seen as an end in itself and is not clearly related to action already undertaken, envisaged or planned, it is understandable that its value should be challenged (FESC, 1980)
Take 5 minutes Do you currently monitor your activity and impact? Do you currently evaluate your activity and impact? What are the barriers to you conducting evaluation?