2015 was the UN Year of Evaluation and you may have seen that EvalPartners sponsored the Evaluations that Make a Difference initiative which provides a global viewpoint on how research and evidence can really help programs to change people’s lives.
From ABRE’s perspective, it was very pleasing to work on several program evaluations during the course of the year covering activities as diverse as climate change mitigation, hi-tech sector support, enterprise promotion, community and voluntary services, and skills enhancement and training. Although some of these examples might be of smaller scale or scope than the EvalPartners examples, the same premise remains that well researched and grounded evidence can make a big impact on how organisations or groups move forward, whether this is progressing a pan-European approach to climate change innovation or helping charitable organisations to improve their success rate when bidding for funding (with Kada Research).
It was also insightful to share thoughts with evaluation colleagues at the UKES conference in May and York RCTs conference in September, including presenting on simplicity in evaluation… which of course is fairly complex!
ABRE’s work in 2015 included research support for multiple economic strategy assignments in the south east of England (Kada), as well as assisting with rapid evidence assessments and bid writing elsewhere. It was also the year of moving into a new office in the centre of Chesterfield. Into 2016, work is already underway on the exciting evaluation of a sector innovation program in the West Midlands.
Best wishes and a happy new year to colleagues and clients, and ABRE looks forward to working together throughout the year!