Using evidence for impact

21 June 2017

Refreshed web pages featuring tools and resources designed to improve capacity and extend the generation, use and understanding of evidence and evaluation in New Zealand’s social sector are now live on Superu’s website.

The Using evidence for impact team has presented these practical and user-friendly resources around an evidence cycle, making it easy for users to focus on the stage of the cycle that is most relevant to them.

There are thoughtfully-curated links on each of the four main pages – planning for evidence, collecting evidence, analysing and reporting evidence, and sharing and learning from the evidence – along with a glossary of terms and case studies.

New products available include a toolkit in four parts designed to get organisations ready to do evaluations. This is an easy-to-use guide that takes organisations through the thinking and discussions that are a necessary precursor to successful evaluations. The evidence rating scale has been available for some time, but it’s now joined by a companion quick reference guide, which captures the essential aspects of using the scale.

“We’ll continue to add material to these pages as we develop it and in response to sector demand,” says Isabelle Collins, principal advisor. “The next publication, due in early July, will be Making sense of evaluation: A handbook for the social sector, which has been developed from training materials and trialled with community organisations and funders.”

Last update: 23 Jun 2017