The parliamentary ‘ping-pong’ is over, amendments agreed between the Lords and the Commons and the Care Act has Royal Assent. Everyone – local authorities, NHS bodies, public, voluntary and private organisations – are busy assessing the potential impact of the new law on what they do. How will it help/hinder; what are the gaps; what are the costs; what will we do now and what can wait; which clauses take priority; who is going to do what and how will we cope? The questions go on and the project and risk management training is put to the test. Projects will be making similar judgements themselves and the national evaluation team too will be considering how it might impact on our work on Fulfilling Lives; Supporting people with multiple needs. Continue reading
I joined the evaluation team for the BigLF funded ‘Fulfilling Lives – Supporting people with multiple needs’ in January 2014. As a result, my first contact with any of the projects delivering the initiative was at the launch of the learning activities on 22nd January. Continue reading
On 22nd January 2014 CFE Research and the University of Sheffield held an event to launch our learning programme.
The programme included a number of speakers talking about the importance of evidence in their work and a workshop for projects to tell us more about their learning needs.
Our presenters included:
John McCracken, Drugs Programme Manager, Department of Health
Pat Russell, Deputy Director, Social Justice Division, Department for Work and Pensions
Andrew Hudson, Senior Advisory, Big Lottery Fund (video)
Mark Somerfield, CFE Associate
Presentations are available below:
We were also planning to show this video, but had some technical problems:
It’s not uncommon for evaluators to be called in at the last minute when a service or project is coming to an end (and running out of money) and being asked to ‘prove that it works’. And preferably by the end of the month please! So you appreciate you’re onto a good thing when you get the chance to work on a large-scale evaluation over an eight year period and you get involved in that work before the service delivery actually starts.