We support a diverse range of organisations (foundations and non-profits as well as the private sector) through all stages of monitoring, evaluation, research and learning. These are broad and overlapping services and we frequently provide services and support across and throughout the project/programme lifecycle.
STRATEGY AND RESEARCH
We design and deliver a range of research activities – from the landscape and scoping studies through to stakeholder and sector analyses.
We present concise, clear evidence-based analyses of the sectors, actors or landscape of interests and get under the skin of these systems by investigating what the people in that system want and where change will be most welcome. We frequently combine qualitative and quantitative research methods, and much like our evaluation work, we make clear distinction between data collection, data analysis and data visualisation methods, tools and processes.
We don’t produce long, boring reports that will not be read. Our deliverables are tailored to the knowledge needs and demands of our clients and their partners. We use a range of digital platforms and products to present the key messages and share the knowledge we generate.
MONITORING AND RESULTS REPORTING
We provide high quality, practical and bespoke monitoring and results reporting services. This covers facilitating theory of change processes, defining key performance indicators and indicator frameworks, as well as designing and building results reporting systems, tools and templates. We ensure that both data collection and data analysis processes are practical and robust. We also ensure that these systems support timely results reporting, practical adaptive management for course correction, and deeper ‘explanatory’ learning. A core part of all of this work is ensuring the sustainable building of MEL capacity with our partners to ensure they ‘own’ the process and its application in the future.
EVALUATION AND LEARNING
We design and deliver formative and summative evaluations often for complicated programmes and organisations operating in complex contexts. Our evaluations are designed to support adaptive learning and reflection to support course correction as well as answer ‘deeper’ scalability and sustainability questions – what works, in what contexts, for whom, and why?
As well as using rigorous, practical, and innovative qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, a unique feature of our work is partnering our evaluation expertise with local subject-matter expertise. This ensures robust evaluative processes are paired with deep understandings of local contexts, sectors, and systems. This may seem obvious, but it is rarely done well in practice.
We also recognise that evaluation is only as good as the knowledge it generates and the changes it catalyses. Acting as learning partners, we help organisations access and use evidence-based information and knowledge to adapt and improve as they grow. This is the ‘people-focussed’ element of evaluation that is critical to successful social change.