Our evaluation work assesses the effectiveness and impact of project and programme interventions at all stages of the pubic and social policy cycle and is a cornerstone of our business.
Evaluations commissioned by our clients require high level methodological expertise, a deep understanding of the policy area as well as an expert understanding of the role of research and evaluation in the government’s policy making process.
These projects require significant senior staff input at Research Director level and above, which is why all of our evaluation projects have a dedicated Research Director and Research Manager with backgrounds in public policy research, as well as previous professional experience in central and local government.
Formative, Mid-Term and Summative Evaluations
Evaluations tell our clients whether the project or programme is on track (mid-term) or set up in the right way (formative or process evaluations). In these, and in our final or summative evaluations, we always emphasise key learning points, identifying recommendations for future project and programme delivery or future policy development.
To ensure excellent results, we use a range of techniques to deliver evaluations, all of which are carried out in-house, giving us complete control over timescales and quality of delivery. These include surveys, qualitative methods, evidence reviews, and case studies. Often these are combined for a robust triangulated evidence base.
Many of our evaluations can be longitudinal – tracking the impact of interventions on beneficiaries over time – helping to hone and develop project and programme activities as they develop.
We have recently concluded an evaluation of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16 to 24 programme) on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service and the Women and Work Sector Pathways Initiative on behalf of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
Other clients we work for include The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Welsh Government, The Scottish Government, Goldman Sachs and various National/Local Voluntary Organisations, and Local Authorities.