Clydesdale Community Initiatives
We undertook an evaluation of the CCI and Clyde and Avon Landscape Partnership, an employability and training programme. The evaluation consisted of extensive analysis of monitoring and evaluation documents and project reports as well as a wide consultation programme with project participants, stakeholders and staff. Through this research we assessed the impact of the project and the outcomes achieved.
As a result the organisation secured a further three years’ funding to deliver training in conservation and rural skills to individuals and community groups. The project improves participants’ mental and physical health thereby increasing their employment prospects and self-confidence.
Fife Carers Centre
We have enjoyed a long and meaningful relationship with the Fife Carers Centre and since 2011, we have completed 3 evaluations of their services. This involved analysis of their performance against targets, consulting with service users – like their very successful Carefree Choir, referrers, key stakeholders and staff. We collated all of this feedback into an evaluation report which included recommendations for future improvements.
“Our organisation would not be in its current strong position without the specialist support it received. The voluntary sector has to toughen up in its approach to service delivery and the kind of support we received was imperative in helping the sector deal with these issues”.
As a result Fife Carers Centre has made significant improvements to its service promotion and reach, its monitoring and recording and its case management. The organisation is nearly at the end of Big Lottery 5 year funding and is in a really good position to apply for future funding with an excellent performance against targets and superb feedback from carers and referrers alike.
Resonate is an innovative community based social enterprise based in Alloa. It is creative and responsive bringing all local people together to work in collaboration to make Alloa a better place for people to live. They have delivered arts space, courses and classes and operate a shop and printing studio to generate income. The “magic” was known but not articulated and this was a barrier to securing investment. Community Enterprise engaged sensitively to set out the impact of this project, without restricting it.
“The stick-ability of Community Enterprise and the way they work alongside you at your pace, was instrumental in securing funding, and helping us see past, and work through, the bureaucratic inevitability”.
Though challenging, this people centred impact measurement has led directly to core Scottish Government funding and additional Big Lottery project funding.