Impact Assessment & Evaluation

Impacts are often expected to provide a simple, tangible and conclusive demonstration of an intervention’s success or failure, but they rarely offer such black and white findings in reality, especially for complicated and complex cases.  Assessment and evaluation of impacts is still valuable though to help understand the extent to which a project, programme or policy has met its intended goals.  Net impact adjustment, risk assessment and benchmarking services offered by abre help to provide a rigorous and meaningful understanding of performance.

SELECTED PROJECT EXAMPLES

Evaluation of Talent Match Staffordshire for Support Staffordshire.

abre was commissioned to act as external evaluators for this Big Lottery funded employability programme designed for and by young people aged 18-24, one of twenty-one Talent Match projects across England. The evaluation involves speaking with six distinct groups, including gauging impacts with beneficiaries and employers, with innovative approaches such as using video-booths to record feedback. abre is producing annual reports and case studies over a three-year period.

Evaluation of Pioneers into Practice, Kada Research for the European Institute of Technology / Climate-KIC

Andrew worked on the 2015 impact evaluation of an innovative knowledge-transfer and placements programme for environmental sector professionals. The evaluation involved online surveys of over 650 pioneer participants as well as their host organisations over the past five years of the programme. It also involved stakeholder consultations across the 11 European regions, coordinator workshop and secondary research review, as well as published case studies. The findings were used to shape the next phase of the programme’s development. Read more about PiP

Economic Impact Assessment of the Leader Programme, ekosgen for DEFRA

Andrew contributed significantly to this impact assessment covering Leader-funded activity between 2000 and 2010.  The research involved the design of nine routed surveys covering three primary beneficiary groups.  The direct feedback from over 500 projects enabled cost benefit analysis and social return on investment to be estimated. Link to the report

Evaluation of UK High Technology (Venture) Fund and Bridges Venture Funds, ekosgen for the UK Department for Business

Andrew worked on this qualitative evaluation of two publicly-backed venture capital funds designed for high technology firms and companies concerned with social development.  He undertook strategic consultations with venture fund managers, investee businesses and policy managers.

Evaluation of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA), ekosgen for Advantage West Midlands

Andrew contributed significantly to this evaluation of Government-backed capital investment in premises, plant and machinery for growing companies and inward investors. The review examined the benefits of the long running initiative for assisted areas in the West Midlands based on a survey of beneficiaries.

Evaluation of the Training Networks Programme (TNP) and Finuas Programme, ekosgen for Skillnets Ireland

Andrew was responsible for large elements of this high-profile evaluation of 60+ geographic and sector training networks.  He led the design of five separate surveys and topic guides (businesses, employed / unemployed learners, network managers, and stakeholders) which cumulatively received over 4,500 responses.  He undertook strategic consultations and case study visits, managed sub-contractor surveys and presented at the annual networks summit.

Evaluation of Officer Tenure, Prairie Research Associates for Ottawa Police Service

In order to promote organizational movement and professional development, tenure was introduced as a means to limit the duration of duties or positions held by Constables and Sergeants.  It is a high profile and contentious policy among officers, in part due to cyclical job applications and uncertainty around future deployment. Andrew was responsible for contracting, management and technical review for this in-depth external evaluation.

Impact of the Sheffield Universities on the City-Region Economy, ekosgen for the South Yorkshire Partnership

This collaborative assignment involved assessing the role and impact of the two Sheffield universities on the economic regeneration of the city-region.  Andrew collected and analysed a wide range of data from both universities and used this to model the value of the universities’ presence, including GIS mapping.