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Demonstrating impact on health inequalities

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Demonstrating third sector impact on inequalities


Thursday 20th February 2020  09.30-10.30am

The Gathering, Dochart Suite, SEC Glasgow

This interactive workshop will present a model to measure the third sector’s contribution to addressing inequalities, in particular health inequalities.  The model (co-produced by national and local voluntary and community health organisations and commissioners) aims to support third sector organisations to explain, measure and prove their contribution to tackling inequalities. The longer term aim is to support local authorities, NHS boards and Public Health Scotland to have a clearer, evidence based understanding of the third sector’s contribution to tackling inequalities, through the creation and use of a meaningful measurement tool.

The workshop is relevant to:

  • anyone seeking to understand the value of the sectors interventions which aren’t necessarily “health focused” but help to contribute to tackling health inequalities
  • third sector organisations looking for support to explain to funders and partners more concretely how their work impacts on inequalities
  • funders and commissioners wanting to understand how best to understand and measure the third sector’s contribution to tackling inequalities.

This workshop is a collaboration between three members of the Inequalities Learning Collaborative: VHS, Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) and CHEX (Community Health Exchange), with additional support from NHS Health Scotland.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available

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ESS has been asked by the National Learning Collaborative for Inequalities to develop a theory of change to show the third sector’s contribution to tackling health inequalities. This work is funded by NHS Health Scotland.

The aim of this programme is to support third sector organisations to better understand and show their impact on health inequalities. The third sector plays a crucial role in tackling health inequalities, but the impact of the sector is not always understood by commissioners and funders.

The work builds on our previous work in this area which includes:

  • Phase 1 – Conducting a scoping study with third sector organisations.  From this we developed a 5 step guide to evaluating impact on health inequalities
  • Phase 2 – Designed and delivered tailored workshops in partnership with CHEX to build understanding of the causes of inequalities and how to evaluate work to tackle inequalities.  The workshop was based on the 5 steps guide.

Short term outcomes written on flipchart

Phase 3

From June to December 2019 we will bring together a diverse range of representatives from different parts of the third sector to develop a theory of change/logic model which explains the role the third sector plays in tackling inequalities. 

We hope that this will help:

  • Third sector organisations to explain to funders and partners how their work contributes to preventing health inequalities
  • Funders and commissioners to better understand the third sector’s contribution

We hope that this work will feed into the public health reform agenda.

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