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Developing an evaluation strategy

The guidance on this page aims to help you develop your overall evaluation strategy.

What does 'good evidence' mean?

This document reviews the question of 'what is good evidence?' from three perspectives: commissioners/funders; social researchers; and voluntary sector organisations.

Download what does good evidence mean

Read a short blog on 'what is good evidence? 

Introduction to evaluation

This is an introduction and overview of the main themes around evaluation and evidence, including links to a range of resources.

Download Introduction to evaluation_final.pdf

Evaluation glossary

This document outlines some of the terms used in research and evaluation. (Updated in June 2014.)

Download Evaluation glossary

Standards of evidence

'Standards of evidence' refers to how confident you can be in evaluation findings. This guidance describes what people mean when they say “high standard of evidence”, and what you can do to achieve this.

Download Standards of evidence guide

Project Oracle's standards of evidence can be seen here

Read a blog on the topic here

Report writing and presenting results

This guide provides tips on how to approach report writing. It includes a suggested template and links to good examples and information to help you explore the topic further.

Download Report writing and presenting results guide

Inspiring impact

Inspiring Impact has a number of useful resources for helping you to think about your evaluation strategy.

The Code of Good Impact Practice is a great introduction to the benefits of evaluating impact and the most important principles to observe.

Measuring up is a self assessment tool that allows you to review and improve your organisation's impact practice.

In the Impact Hub you can browse for resources to help you improve your practice.


Clinks publications

Clinks Volunteering Guide: Demonstrating effectiveness - This guide aims to support organisations working with offenders and ex-offenders to demonstrate their effectiveness. The guide goes through the different steps that need to be considered when planning to demonstrate effectiveness with a particular focus on when volunteers are contributing to the delivery of a service.


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