Self evaluation

We undertake a range of training and support to organisations to help them to evaluate their projects or programmes. We have become experts at helping people understand outcomes through the medium of baking a cake.

We have a range of training materials and sessions that allow people to understand what monitoring and evaluation is and the role they can play incorporating it into their projects.

We run stand alone training sessions around monitoring and evaluation. We also incorporate self-evaluation into many of our evaluation projects. We do this partly to gain data when budgets are small, but also to build the capacity of the organisations we work with. We want people to believe in how important reflecting on what you do and what you change is to delivering a quality project.

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Case study – Come Outside!

Using the outdoors to inspire people to be more active

About the project

We worked with Natural Resources Wales to evaluate the Come Outside project. The project employed four coordinators across Wales. They worked with existing groups to activate them to connect with the outdoors. The range of groups they got involved with was huge, from veterans suffering from PTSD, victims of domestic abuse and people suffering from drug and alcohol problems. The coordinators provided the groups with a range of taster activities, they were then supported to access more sustainable provision.

What we did

We undertook a programme of work over two and half years that combined self-evaluation and our own independent evaluation. This meant the Coordinators or groups were responsible for collecting data on who took part and what happened to them. They also collected a range of case studies and other feedback from participants. We created a bespoke web based platform, allowing the different areas to view their own data and to provide a live stream of data for quarterly reporting.

We supplemented this work by undertaking our own independent evaluation. This included interviews and surveys with key stakeholders and a large number of case study visits allowing us to understand the impact of the programme on different groups.

What we found

We identified a range of positive benefits from the programme. In particular we found:

  • The model adopted by Come Outside was effective and replicable
  • The Coordinators needed a wide range of skills allowing them to work across the different sectors involved in the programme
  • It takes time and resources to support people to overcome the multiple barriers they face but when they do the impact can be significant
  • Programmes need to be long enough to allow sedentary people to build up a programme of regular physical activity

Those who have the most to gain can be reached through the community, health and social care sectors