Turning a mass of information into an evidence base on which defensible judgements can be made is a vital stage of the evidence cycle.
Assessing evidence ensures that it is robust, reliable and relevant and that it fulfils stakeholder requirements. Evidence that meets this criteria will help everyone involved (providers and funders) to make better decisions. Identifying both the good and bad, and noting where improvements can be made, should be incorporated into the reporting.
How to assess evidence
The Evidence rating scale provides a tool for identifying the strength of evidence. This sits alongside an accompanying document that presents international case studies for what works.
Finding and appraising evidence provides guidance on assessing different types of evidence.
How to interpret evidence
Module 4 of the Evaluation handbook looks at using and communicating evaluation findings.
There are many types of evidence, but the use of administrative data is becoming more popular. The Guide to using administrative data is a practical introduction to the subject.
A body of facts or information that can be presented to inform judgement. Evidence can be quantitative or qualitative, and may come from various sources including performance monitoring, research, evaluation, statistics and expert opinion.
Evaluation planning for funding applicants - this step-by-step guide includes information on understanding the cause of outcomes and interpreting results.
Superu commissioned two evaluation case studies. The lessons learned report outlines what is needed to get an organisation ready to do an evaluation of their work. The evaluation findings for the mentoring programmes (one a process evaluation, the other an outcome evaluation) are also available.
Superu has also commissioned a range of other evaluations (e.g. summative, cost-benefit, place-based) related to the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project.
We know words matter. To help you out we have put together a list of terms that can be used to mean the same (or nearly the same!) thing, together with a brief explanation.
ANZEA - Aotearoa New Zealand's professional association for evaluators.
The Treasury has published guidance on review and evaluation for NGOs which contract with the Crown.