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Early Intervention Foundation Evaluation Hub

Evaluation is the process of examining programmes (or interventions), services and practice to determine their value, merit and worth. It ensures that the services you are providing are effective at preventing poor outcomes, supporting children’s development, and achieving the benefits that they are designed to provide.

Understanding and measuring the impact of your intervention is a journey. This hub is structured around the key steps in this journey, which begins with the development of a theory of change and moves towards measuring impact. Each page of the hub provides a range of resources relating to a particular step or steps on the journey.

Wales Violence Prevention Unit – Violence Prevention Evaluation Toolkit (2020)

This toolkit aims to support partners to consider and embed evaluation in to the design and delivery of programmes, interventions or services that aim to prevent and respond to violence, including those addressing underlying risk factors or promoting factors that protect against violence. It provides guidance on:

  • What evaluation is, why it’s important and the different types of evaluations;

  • Key steps to consider when developing an evaluation plan, collecting and analysing data, and reporting evaluation findings (including an accompanying checklist); and,

  • Examples of outcome indicators, measurements that can tell us whether an intervention is achieving its aimed outcomes.

UK Government – The Magenta Book (2020)

The Magenta Book provides guidance on evaluation: its scoping, design, conduct, use and dissemination as well as the capabilities required of evaluators. It provides guidance on how to incorporate evaluation through the design, implementation, delivery and review stages of policy making. It also explains how results can be interpreted and presented, and what should be considered in this process.​

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