Process vs Impact Evaluations

Once a client determines the need for a programme evaluation, the next question is what should be evaluated.

RAND Europe conducts process evaluations after a programme's implementation to determine what went well, and what could have gone better. We may also conduct process evaluations while a programme is ongoing, to help get it back on track.

Some outcome evaluations include impact assessments to measure the effect of a programme or policy. And some evaluations examine both process and impact.

Process Evaluations

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    Youth justice practitioners' experiences and perceptions of AssetPlus

    An evaluation of the Youth Justice Board's AssetPlus programme found that practitioners liked the ideas underpinning the programme but felt that not all potential benefits were fully being realised. The evaluators suggested several areas for improvement.

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    Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care through Vanguards

    Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) vanguards have driven progress concerning the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of UEC services but there are still challenges for long-term impact.

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    Democracy & Rule of Law Programmes Offer Value for Money

    An analytical study of EU programmes to support democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms found that they had clear objectives and offered value for money that the European Commission invests.

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    Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys evaluated the pilots and hosted a series of interactive workshops to encourage an exchange of experiences.

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    Evaluating the Impact of the European Programme for Integration and Migration

    The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a €3 million collaborative initiative of 12 major foundations to improve integration of and outcomes for migrants in Europe through advocacy, capacity-building and policy change. EPIM had RAND Europe evaluate the achievements and impacts of their work in 2012-2015, to ensure accountability and enable learning that can be acted on during the course of the programme.

Impact Assessments

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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.

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    Migration Programme for Ireland Had Positive Impacts

    An evaluation of The Atlantic Philanthropies' Migration Programme for Ireland found that the efforts funded by the programme's grants resulted in a more robust and professional network of organisations working more strategically and collaboratively to achieve a common goal of improving the lives of migrants in Ireland.

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers as a Development Mechanism

    Conditional cash transfer programmes (CCTs) are seen as particularly effective in low- and middle-income countries, but relatively little is known about the interface between the supply of services and programme administration and specific human development outcomes. RAND Europe assessed the effectiveness of CCTs through a two-year grant from UK Economic Social Research Council and Department for International Development.

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    Stop and Search Training Pilot Generally Well Received

    Officers who received the pilot stop and search training introduced by the UK College of Policing were mostly positive about the course. Changes in communication practices could improve the new training programme as it is rolled out nationally.

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    Evaluation of drug and alcohol "payment by results" pilots

    Eight drug and alcohol recovery PbR pilots were evaluated to assess whether this new funding approach can stimulate the market to provide different services in these areas and encourage development of more effective recovery programmes.

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    European Platform for Investing in Children identifies 'practices that work' across member states

    Reflecting the European Commission’s policy focus on children at risk, EPIC collects, evaluates, and disseminates practices that improve outcomes for children. RAND Europe's latest EPIC policy memo examines interventions supporting homeless children's access to healthcare.

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    Peer Review Not the Only Option for Selecting Research Projects to Fund

    As a method for awarding research funding, peer review suffers from many drawbacks and yet is by far the most commonly used method to make funding decisions. RAND Europe revised and updated its pack of Alternatives to Peer Review to inspire funders to practise and test alternative methods for picking research winners.