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A Guide to evaluation by the Big Lottery Fund NEW

This short guide to evaluation written by Big Lottery Fund includes lots of tips about what evaluation is all about at Big Lottery Fund and ways to plan your project evaluation from the start. It has details of useful sources of support.

Assessing change: Developing and using outcomes monitoring tools

This guide is a practical handbook to help you identify and develop ways to collect information on the outcomes of your work. Using this guide can help you with the process of tracking the difference your work is making. It takes you through the process of deciding whether to design ...

Data Protection Act

All the information you need on the Data Protection Act.

Evaluating Community Projects - A Practical Guide

by Marilyn Taylor, Derrick Purdue, Mandy Wilson and Pete Wilde These guidelines were developed as part of a Joseph Rowntree Foundation Programme to help 20 community and voluntary organisations to evaluate their work. It provides an introduction to what evaluation is, why you should do it and a set of ...

Evaluation Checklists

This American website contains a number of checklists of use to evaluators in planning and designing evaluations, it is aimed specialist evaluators. The language is formal and the checklists can read as more relevant for public bodies and institutions, however the coverage is comprehensive and detailed. http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/checklists/

Evaluation Cookbook

A practical guide, aimed at lecturers who are interested in evaluating materials for their effectiveness in achieving specific learning objectives. Cookbook contributors were selected on the basis of their wide experience in carrying out evaluations of teaching and learning interventions. Edited by Jen Harvey - Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative (Heriot-Watt ...

Explaining the difference your project makes: A big guide to using an outcomes approach

The guide aims to help you cover the following aspects: ■identifying, understanding and explaining the need you want to meet ■being clear about your overall aim and the details of how your project will meet the need ■measuring your success ■learning from what you have achieved to improve your project ...

First Steps in Monitoring and Evaluation

This guide has been developed particularly for small voluntary organisations and those with limited experience of monitoring and evaluation. It introduces a five-step approach based on: Recognising your aims and objectives, Identifying performance indicators, Monitoring and making an evaluative judgement about your project. The booklet uses the example of a ...

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Evaluation Resource Pack

This pack from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation takes the reader through the whole process of evaluation. It is clearly written and well explained, covering the pros and cons of a large variety of evaluation methods. It is quite a big document and contains a lot of photos.

Practical Guidelines: Evaluation

This guide has been developed for projects that work to engage public audiences in science, social science, engineering and technology. It is a general overview that helps plan evaluation, gives examples of questionnaires and other tools and looks briefly at analysis and reporting. Research Councils UK (2005)

Prove and Improve

This guide offers a starting point for exploring evaluation - and in particular, self evaluation of outcomes. Published by Community Evaluation Northern Ireland and funded by the Big Lottery.

The W.K Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook

This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. The Handbook also provides background reading on logic models. The Handbook identifies four steps in planning an evaluation: identify stakeholders; develop evaluation questions; budget; and select an evaluator. Three steps are presented to design ...

Your Project and its Outcomes

This popular booklet has been written for trustees, staff and volunteers who are involved in planning, monitoring and evaluating their project. The aim of the booklet is to help you describe the outcomes you want your project to achieve. Working with outcomes need not be difficult. This guide offers a ...