October 2010 update – a few new finds:
Virtual Change: Indicators for Assessing the Impact of ICTs in Development
by Warren Feek, The Communication Initiative
Published by United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
How do we measure the impact of information and communication technology (ICT)-based social change interventions, and within which framework would those indicators work?
“Process Is Powerful: planning and evaluation for media activists”
A practical guide to methods and tools that can help strengthen the movement to advance media justice. By Center for International Media Action (CIMA/USA).
Increasingly for not-for-profits and third sector organizations, measurement and evaluation are critical for ongoing funding or increased funding. It doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking and it doesn’t have to be an ordeal. But it does have to be part of the initial planning.
Here’s one collection in what will be an occasional series identifying resources that help to simplify and clarify systems to help that your project is effective.
These links below are from the UK’s MediaBox, a fund and a support organization for community media initiatives by disadvantaged youth:
- Charities Evaluation Services – A number of excellent and accessible resources for voluntary and community groups, especially useful for choosing outcomes
- Partnerships for Learning: a guide to evaluating arts education projects -Arts Council, England A guide to the evaluation of arts-based projects … detailed, with an especially useful Annex on methods for collecting evidence [Woolf. F (1999)]
- Sharing Practice: A Guide to Self-Evaluation for Artists, Arts Organisations and Funders working in the Context of Social Exclusion, Arts Council, England. How arts-based projects can combat social exclusion. Also makes some useful distinctions between monitoring and evaluation [Moriarty. G]
- Sport England’s Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit, in the ‘Get Resources’ section. Especially strong in terms of setting up monitoring systems
- www.renewal.net contains a number of useful ‘Toolkits’, one of which is ‘Track Progress’. Includes evaluation, with lots of other resources and case study examples
- Health Project Development Toolkit for Community Groups – by Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust. Covers evaluation in depth and also touches on other uses of evidence (in this case re: health). Battye.F (2006)
- The WK Kellogg Foundation’s ‘Evaluation Handbook’. A long and detailed resource