What Are Funders Looking For in Impact Evaluation?

Finally, it’s finished. After months of hard work from you and your team you’ve finished the Big Project. But it’s not time to celebrate just yet, you still need to evaluate the impact of the project. Your funders want to know that their money is being used as effectively as possible – and that’s where […]
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The Importance of a Plain Question

In over 25 years of delivering social research and evaluation, I have found Mark Twain’s aphorism - “a plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities” - frequently holds true. So, in this month’s blog, I will explore the importance of a clearly defined question and a well-presented answer.
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Five Lessons for Impactful Data

A client has just told me that our data collection and analysis has helped them secure substantial funding from central government. I wanted to share the lessons I took from that work for impactful quantitative data:
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Social Outcomes: The Road to Success is Paved With Good Intentions

I have often said that hardly a week goes by when I don’t encounter an individual or group of people working hard to make the world a better place. Often these people are working with those who are existing on the edge of society: the homeless who are ignored on our streets; refugees who feel that every hand is turned against them; the sick and frail who have no access to local medical
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