Evaluation for Better Performance

Evaluation allows decision makers and stakeholders to make better judgements, which often lead to improved performance and outcomes.

A funder may ask for an evaluation before, during, or after a programme's implementation. The evaluation may focus on process, impact, or both. And economics may or may not be part of the evaluation. By analysing where and how to focus efforts, we encourage public and private sector accountability.

Featured Research

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    Performance Audit Handbook Helps Users Build Toolkit for Evaluations

    The Performance Audit Handbook provides a first-stop shop for anyone interested in the theory and practice of delivering performance audits. It is intended for evaluators working to support accountability and learning in the public sector; those seeking to commission or use such services; and researchers interested in the unfolding practice of evaluating in the public interest.

Selected Research

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    Scenarios help explore the future of education and youth in the EU

    Researchers developed a set of scenarios to explore the future of education and youth in the EU, and found that personalised learning policies could be helpful across all scenarios if funded sufficiently and targeted appropriately. Supporting and reinforcing the teaching profession is also key.

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    What is the future of UK research and assessment?

    Although technology, policy, and the international environment are changing the UK research landscape, and many researchers expect to produce more diverse forms of outputs in the future, they also think journal articles and conference contributions will remain the dominant form of output.

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    Evaluating IPS Grow

    An evaluation of IPS Grow will assess the initiative in different contexts in which individual placement and support services are implemented, to determine whether IPS Grow leads to better quality provision, better quality provision leads to better outcomes, and IPS Grow leads to better data.

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    Evaluating language skills outcomes in Group Triple P

    Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, offers individual and group interventions. Researchers are evaluating how the group interventions influence language skills in children whose parents are randomly assigned to the intervention.

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    Better evaluations can support the needs of older people in the UK

    Researchers explored how to improve the evaluation and evaluability of services for older people in the UK and made several recommendations for different stakeholder groups, including commissioners, evaluators, service providers, and national policymakers in NGOs and government.

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    Developing tools to assess research evidence for policymakers and practitioners

    Researchers developed recommendations for the College of Policing and the Education Endowment Foundation on how to assess evidence from research studies and make evidence-informed recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.

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    Violent Extremism Evaluation Measurement (VEEM) Framework

    A key challenge in counter violent extremism evaluation is the lack of commonly agreed metrics to measure behavioural changes in people. RAND Europe researchers developed a web-based framework that lists behavioural categories, attributes, and suggested measurement tools.

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    Evaluation suggests next steps for Dance4Life

    Dance4life, an international youth initiative to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV/AIDS, developed and piloted a new programme and implementation model. An evaluation of the pilot found many successes but also areas where improvements could be made.