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    • The f Word Naomi Jones Angela Paine Amanda Prosser Natalie Low Stephen M K St h McKay
    • What difference do we make? Evaluating v and v projects
    • Overview • Who are we? • Why bother with evaluation? • Wh t diff What difference do you d make? • How do we all go about proving it?
    • Who we are • A consortium of four organisations • U d t ki Undertaking an independent i d d t evaluation for v • Working with v over the next two years • Using a variety of evaluation methods • Constantly feeding back findings y g g • Shaping the future development of v
    • Turn to the person on your right and introduce yourself and say two words to sum up your view of evaluation f l ti
    • Why bother with evaluation? • For accountability and learning • Evidence funders - what difference their money makes y • Evidence for trustee - strategic decision making • Evidence for volunteers - what difference their time makes • Attracting new volunteers – what they will get out of it • Organisational learning - what works; what can b iimproved h t be d
    • Less about about…
    • More about about…
    • What does it all mean? • Outputs: The countable direct products of a countable, project or organisation’s activities (e.g. number of training courses delivered) • Outcomes: Changes, benefits, learning or other g , , g effects that happen as a result of your project (e.g. increased skills and confidence among service users) • Impact: Effect of a project at a higher or broader level in the longer term after a range of outcomes has been achieved (e.g. reduce poverty) • Monitoring: Collecting information on a project or an activity to help report on a project. Needs to be planned and managed. • Evaluation: Using monitoring and other g g iinformation to make judgments about effectiveness f ti t k j d t b t ff ti of a project and to make changes and improvements (adapted from Charities Evaluation Service, 2007, Your Project and its Outcomes, CES: London)
    • Overall aim What you ultimately hope to Impact achieve. Should be brief and focused. Specific aims Outcomes The changes you hope to achieve as a result of your work Use words like ‘improve’, ‘increase’, ‘reduce’, ‘develop’ Outputs O t t Activities The activities you undertake and the services you offer to bring these changes about Inputs Inputs Inputs Inputs Adapted from Charities Evaluation Planning Triangle
    • What difference does your project make? • Your project will make a difference to lots of different people: – Volunteers – Service users – Your organisation as a whole Your organisation as a whole – The community in which you work
    • What difference does y your p j project make? • It will make a difference in a number of ways: • Things [aka ‘physical capital’]: – The things produced by volunteering  • Number of training courses delivered or people Number of training courses delivered or people  mentored – Need to consider not just quantity but also quality • People [ [aka ‘human capital’] ] – Personal development  • Changes in levels of confidence, self‐esteem,  wellbeing – Gaining new skills or enhancing existing ones • Soft skills – e.g. team work, communication, inter‐ personal • Hard skills – e.g. IT skills, construction, horticulture
    • • Money [aka ‘economic capital’]: economic capital ]: – The monetary value of volunteering and its  outcomes on all stakeholders, e.g. value of  training received, changes in employability,  training received changes in employability value of work done by volunteers • Relationships [ [aka ‘social capital’]: ] – Relationships, networks, bonds of trust  between people and reciprocity  between people and reciprocity • Attitudes [aka ‘cultural capital’]: [ p ] – Shared sense of cultural and religious identity – Awareness and understanding of other peoples  cultures
    • How do we go about proving it? • You can collect evidence to evaluate your project in a number of ways: – Monitoring information – Surveys of volunteers or staff members – Focus groups of volunteers or service users – Interviews with service users and key  stakeholders – Photograph projects before, during and after – Video diaries by volunteers or service users
    • How do we go about proving it? • You don’t have to do it all yourself: – The evaluation website will include guidance  – You can get others involved: volunteers or students from  a local university might be able to help a local university might be able to help – You could make use of the questions within IVR’s  Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit
    • Case study: Children’s Hospice Assoc. • Volunteers trained to undertake interviews and surveys y • Volunteers reported positive experience: – 84% had built friendships and networks  – But, 18% felt their skills weren’t being utilised But, 18% felt their skills weren t being utilised • Staff valued the role of volunteers: – 83% felt volunteers helped create open and diverse culture – But 18% felt they were over reliant on volunteers But, 18% felt they were over reliant on volunteers • Families reported a significant impact of volunteers: – 73% said volunteers led to new friendships and networks – But some concerns about vetting and role appropriateness But, some concerns about vetting and role appropriateness • Recommendations were built into a new strategy: – Reviewing how volunteer skills are utilised to full effect – Raising awareness of the role and volunteer status of the board Raising awareness of the role and volunteer status of the board – Exploring the possibility of extending volunteer roles  – Developing a leaflet for families about volunteers
    • On your table work to complete the planning and evaluation triangle g
    • How will we go about evaluating v? g • Analysing national data from the Citizenship Survey • Analysing monitoring data collected by v • Speaking to key national stakeholders • Undertaking a survey of young people • D i Doing telephone iinterviews with grant t l h t i ith t recipients • Undertaking a series of case studies
    • How can you get involved? • Answer our phone calls and surveys! • Become a case study • Participate in pilot initiatives • Provide good quality monitoring information • Visit our website – Launching in July Launching in July – Housed on vinspired.com/evaluation – Purpose is to: • Share any insights we’re picking up Share any insights we re picking up • Enable you to share experiences and best practice • Enable you to feed into evaluation • Provide guidance on self evaluation d d lf l