Report that is drawn from lessons learned during the facilitation of Evaluation Exchange.
Evaluation Exchange was a time-limited peer support network created by Iriss and Evaluation Support Scotland. It aimed to help organisations in the social services sector to learn from and support each other to undertake evaluations of the services and support they provide to individuals in Scotland.
Evaluation Exchange was set up by Iriss working in partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS). We brought together a group of practitioners from social services sector with a real self-evaluation project to undertake. We wanted the participants to assist each other to plan and/or undertake the evaluation and build their capacity to self-evaluate. We were also interested in learning about and sharing 'what works' in peer support for self-evaluation.
Response by Apex Scotland to the suggestions generated through the Improving research use in the third sector project.
Below are slides from two workshops conducted as part of a project with Apex Scotland to help improve their research use, and develop wider lessons about supporting research use for third sector organisations. Further details of the project can be found here: Improving research use in the third sector.
This storyboard (animated video) aims to explain what action research is and how it can help to improve public services. It uses the example of Cedar (Children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) to talk through how action research can be useful and offers some hints and tips for those thinking about undertaking action research themselves.
Dr Jim McCormick became Scotland Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in November 2007 and was previously director of independent think-tank the Scottish Council Foundation (SCF) for five years. He is co-founder of a research partnership, McCormick-McDowell, and an Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) Research Associate. His main professional interests include tackling poverty, schools reform and policies for older people.
Recorded at the Scottish Conference on Inclusive Learning Disability Research.