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Evaluation Tools and Guides

Evaluation tools and guides from Research in Practice for Adults

A comprehensive library of guidance supporting you through the planning stages for conducting research/evaluation, gathering data, through to reporting, analysing and using findings.

These resources have been developed in collaboration with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

The reason Guides and Tools are not included in the Partners' subscription but are on general sale. Click on each one to see which Guides and Tools are included in the pack. Please note that these resources  and are available in PDF format only.

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Embedding the Voice of Children and Young People in Service Evaluation

Published: Apr 2014

Embedding the Voice of Children and Young People in Service Evaluation

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Guide introduces commissioners, service managers and practitioners to some of the key principles of including the voice of children and young people in service evaluation. It outlines why this is important, builds on established theory and practice, and looks at different approaches to achieve effective and meaningful participation.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
An Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis

Published: Dec 2013

An Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Guide provides an overview of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) outlining each stage and presenting an example of how CBA can be done. It will be of interest to anyone thinking about commissioning or undertaking a CBA and should be read alongside An Introduction to Value for Money (VfM) Assessments Guide.

Number of pages: 18
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Evaluating Training Impact

Published: Oct 2013

Evaluating Training Impact

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Guide will help you to understand the principles behind supporting and measuring impact from training. It outlines why organisations train staff, the factors which influence the transfer of training into practice, and methods for evaluating the impact of training programmes on practice.

Number of pages: 19
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An Introduction to Research Governance

Published: Sep 2013

An Introduction to Research Governance

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Guide and Checklist, which are endorsed by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), outline what research governance is, why it is important and summarises the current national and regional processes.

They are intended for anyone commissioning or undertaking research within children’s services, briefly discussing the different principles that underpin research governance in adults’ services.

Total number of pages: 21
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Case Studies

Published: Mar 2013

Case Studies

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This guide outlines case studies as a data collection/reporting method, including the benefits and limitations of this approach. It considers when you should use case studies as part of your research or evaluation and presents the main principles behind their preparation.

Number of pages: 8
An Introduction to ‘Value for Money’ Assessments

Published: Nov 2012

An Introduction to ‘Value for Money’ Assessments

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Guide and Glossary exercise provide an introduction to ‘Value for Money’ (VfM) assessments. They introduce important terminology and discuss some of the issues that need to be considered by researchers and commissioners of research when making VfM assessments.

Number of pages: 13
Customer Consultation

Published: Sep 2012

Customer Consultation

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Guide and Checklist outline the process of consultation as a method of evaluation. They describe the benefits of and barriers to consultation, as well as the steps involved in conducting a consultation in practice.

Number of pages:15
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Making Changes and Next Steps

Published: Jul 2012

Making Changes and Next Steps

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

These two Guides will help you identify and make changes arising from your research or evaluation, and to consider the next steps you might take.

Number of pages: 9
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Disseminating your Findings

Published: Jul 2012

Disseminating your Findings

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

A research or evaluation project is not over once the report has been written. This Guide and dissemination action plan outline considerations for making sure that your findings reach the people that need to know about them.

Number of pages: 9
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Presenting your Findings

Published: Jul 2012

Presenting your Findings

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Guide and Tool provide information about how best to present and report on your research or evaluation findings. They provides pointers and an example of presenting your findings in a useful and engaging way, and should be used alongside the relevant research and evaluation method guide.

Number of pages: 7
Preview available.
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