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A Stitch in Time? publications

A Stitch in Time? is a partnership project to support the third sector to collect and present evidence about its contribution to Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP). The programme ran from April 2013 to March 2015 and focused on third sector organisations working with older people and carers in Lothian.

A wide range of materials has been produced to support third sector organisations and commissioners in understanding and evidencing the third sector’s contribution to achieving outcomes which matter to local people. These publications explain and show:

  • What the third sector does, the difference they make and their contribution to RCOP
  • Appropriate evaluation methods developed and used to collect evidence
  • A range of relevant evidence

The principles and learning from A Stitch in Time? are equally applicable to projects and services with adults of all ages.  They are a valuable resource for third sector organisations, commissioners and funders. 

The starting point is the model which has been used to create a pathway to collate evidence, and to identify how to evaluate key types of third sector service provision. 


  • Focus On – an in depth look at the contribution of the third sector to outcomes for older people and carers
  • The Indicator Bank has a range of indicators for each outcome on the logic model. It is written to inform and inspire practitioners to either use the example indicators or develop their own
  • Evidence reviews and commissioned research – what evidence tells us about the contribution of the Third Sector  


  • Case studies – Organisational/intervention case studies include an explanation or model to highlight particular activities and outcomes from specific third sector interventions and discussion of self-evaluation methods and challenges. Commissioners case studies give examples of how better reporting can help funders collect useful evidence, which when collated with other evidence can give a more detailed picture of the impact.

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