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EvidenceWorks and EvaluationWorks: Toolkits to help with evaluating plans for your service

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10th November 2018

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When running volunteering projects/initiatives, it’s important that you can provide an evaluation for each project to determine what works, what doesn’t work, and what can improve. If you are not sure how to collect evidence or make an evaluation, you might want to take a look at EvidenceWorks and EvaluationWorks toolkits, developed by the BNSSG Research and Evidence Team, West of England Academic Health Science Network, and the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West.

EvidenceWorks provides a framework with five key steps: Identify, Access, Appraise, Apply, and Share and Manage. This framework compliments the process of commissioning that guides the development and delivery of strategic plans in stages – strategic planning, procuring services and monitoring and evaluation.

EvaluationWorks provides a simple step by step guide to support you to develop appropriate evaluation plans for your service. The steps help you to decide what, where, when and how to evaluate the service. It is important to note that while the steps do not necessarily follow a linear process, by completing each step you will have addressed the main points required to carry out a well planned and successful evaluation. The principles can be applied to any programme, project, intervention, service or pilot.