Rachel Margolis, Emma Smith and Mike Williams offer advice on measuring the impact of services that support children and families
We evaluate our services so we can find out what works – and what doesn’t – in supporting children and families. A key component of this is identifying appropriate tools for measuring change – we want to know what impact our service has had on the people we’re trying to help.
There can often be differences between the way a tool is used in theory and how it works in practice. For evaluators, it is also important to assess how these tools can be used appropriately. We need to ensure the wellbeing of the people participating in the research and make sure our study gets the greatest level of engagement possible.
In this blog, we’ll be sharing our tips on how to evaluate services in practice, along with some of the tools we have found most useful to measure outcomes for children and families.