Evaluating our programmes

Our EAL Programme and 'Language for Change' programme consist of projects and interventions, implemented by ourselves, partners and grantees, all of which we expect contribute to achieving the strategic aims of the respective programme.

To find out whether the programmes are successful it is important to us to learn about how each project and intervention contributes to the aims. To do this, we have, together with an external evaluator, Cloud Chamber, developed flexible, easy to use evaluation frameworks for our two programmes. The evaluation frameworks helps our partners and grantees to develop tools and measure what they are doing to see if it is working.  This in turn helps learning at overall programme level.

The evaluator works with us and our partners to use a framework which is tailored to the project or intervention and useful as an indicator for the programme as a whole. This guarantees that the information collected is easily accessible to the partner or grantee. If you work with us, we expect you to commit to using our evaluation framework. We ensure that the evaluation process is:

  • Collaborative: evaluation is something that we expect benefits both the programme and implementing partners. We therefore hope and expect that our programme partners share our desire to continually improve the programme, and will work collaboratively with us to identify relevant evaluation evidence.
  • Non-judgemental: we evaluate both to learn about what works, but also about what does not work. The evaluation process is not aimed at making judgements about how individuals, projects or organisations may have performed. We believe that this solution focused approach encourages honesty and openness in the evaluation dialogue with our programme partners.
  • Supportive: we think that a supportive, constructive approach to evaluation maximises the benefits of evaluation. Project partners will have access to professional evaluation support through the programme. Our evaluation process always starts by looking at using information already routinely collected, and if needed there is full support available to determine what else would be useful to collect, and how to do that in the best and easiest way.

In practice, committing to the evaluation framework means that partners agree on a set of questions to which they collect the answers to throughout the project. The answers to the questions will help us see whether the project has been successful.
We have engaged independent evaluators Cloud Chamber to help design a suitable evaluation approach; support the programme and its partners with the collection of evidence on an ongoing basis; and provide objective analysis and reporting at regular points during the length of the programme.

For more information about our evaluation framework, please contact mail@cloud-chamber.co.uk.