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DSC Evaluation Guide

Evaluation is a process for learning about what works and how outcomes can be improved.

This guide has been produced to take you through the process, and considerations, in designing and delivering a high quality evaluation – whatever your resources. It is written for people at all levels with an interest in evaluation – whether you are thinking about delivering it in-house, commissioning it from an external provider, working with the DSC and our host organisation the Strategy Unit, or are not sure and need to think the process through to decide what is right for you.

The focus is on principles for best practice, not a single proscribed approach, with links to further resources.

It begins with an introduction to evaluation and how it should be used, followed by sections on: who to involve in developing the evaluation design; governance and ethics; resourcing; the main qualitative and quantitative approaches; and how to report your findings.

The guide will be developed over time, with examples from the DSU Network.

Please note that we are currently producing a version of the guide that includes alt-text for diagrams and figures, to support accessibility.

For any comments, to find out about how the DSC can support evaluation in the Midlands, or how the Strategy Unit can work with organisations outside the region, contact our evaluation lead Paul Mason.

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