“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question” – Peter Drucker
Independent review and evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analysing and using information to assess the impact and effectiveness of any change and improvement.
It is calculated by testing:
- What works?
- What has a positive or negative impact?
- What is being done that needs to stop?
- What needs to change?
- What will provide a positive social or financial return on investment?
The 5 main reasons our clients decide to undertake a review are:
- Finding out what works and what does not work – A process or outcome evaluation helps managers and leaders to answer the basic questions about effectiveness. Knowing what works helps to focus resources and time when moving forward.
- Showcasing the effectiveness to key stakeholders, partners, communities, and funders – Evaluation findings can demonstrate how changes to service and working practices have delivered improvements
- Improving how people and teams work through engagement – By supporting and engaging the workforce to respond positively to changes. This is achieved by contextualising the changes, listening and feeding back their ideas and views on further improvements.
- Planning for the future – Conducting an evaluation with an outside evaluator will build an organisations capacity to conduct critical self-assessments e.g. needs assessments, and staff performance.
- Building knowledge – Contributing to the evidence-base on what works for your business can have wider benefits to society, especially those with similar challenges in their own teams.
We use a range of evidence based evaluation tools and approaches. These include:
- Qualitative and quantitative e.g. questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups.
- Impact assessments.
- Rapid assessment and critical reviews.
- Multi-site evaluation.
- Organisational diagnostics.
- Team effectiveness and evaluation.
- Multi-agency and multi sector reviews.
Benefits of our approach:
- Clarity of evaluation methods and approach.
- Independent perspective; creating external challenge
- Engagement of key stakeholders in the review process.
- Reports to inform changes to service, working methods, and team working.
- Informs decision making processes.
- Highlights good practice and existing benefits.
- Early warning for initiatives to change course or discontinue.
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