Development in Social Enterprise have experience of many varied types of evaluation exercises including formative (where we work alongside the client from the very beginning and throughout their project) to summative exercises (where we are asked to assess value towards the end of a programme).

Evaluation is important for:

  • finding out whether a project’s aims and objectives have been achieved
  • assessing what else has been achieved
  • finding out what went well and what could be improved
  • influencing a project’s development
  • feeding back progress to everyone involved including funding bodies and supporters
  • monitoring progress
  • demonstrating that resources are well-allocated
  • sharing experiences with others including potential funding bodies and key decision makers

Recent examples of our work include:

  • An evaluation of the Assistive Technology Learning through a Unified Curriculum (ATLEC) project – a two year translational project involving four European states
  • Untold Stories – an evaluation of a women’s history project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and commissioned by Birmingham City Council
  • Advice Hub – Solihull Council commissioned DISE to undertake an independent evaluation of a pilot scheme bringing together partners delivering coordinated advice and advocacy services.