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Demonstrating impact on health inequalities

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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