Day 1: 30th March 2021 | 2.00pm-5.30pm

Time Session
2.00pm

OVERVIEW
Re-evaluating your evaluation: where next for evidence?

Over the last decade, we’ve made great strides in approaches to evidencing impact. Yet we’ve also faced tensions and limitations in our current approaches. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating these tensions. How might we move towards a more practical approach to evidence and evaluation, that is nimble, systemic, contextualised and equitable?

Tim Hobbs, CEO, Dartington Service Design Lab 

2.40pm

Break

3.00pm

EVALUATION APPROACHES
Rapid-Cycle Design and Testing: An Adaptive Approach to Evaluation for Learning and Improvement

Geethika Jayatilaka, CEO, Chance UK; and Deon Simpson, Service Improvement Specialist, Dartington Service Design Lab 

3.40pm

VIRTUAL AND REMOTE DELIVERY
Lessons learnt from virtual and remote delivery: what has and hasn't worked

Dr Sue Armstrong Brown, Chief Executive at Adoption UK

4.20pm

Networking break

4.30pm

ANTI-RACIST EVALUATION
Equity and Evidence: overcoming barriers faced in adopting equitable evaluation practices 

If we want to create change in the social sector and address inequalities through our research, we need to consider the history of measurement, reflect on our current frameworks, and then start to shift the mindsets and behaviours that shape the research process. In this session Stephen and Bonnie will discuss the work currently underway to promote anti-racist evaluation in the UK, including in the children and young people’s sector, as well as the need to decolonise the measurement and evaluation space, and reckon with our colonial history as a field.

Stephen Miller, Head of Impact Evaluation, Power to Change and Chair of the Charity Evaluation Working Group (CHEW) ; and Bonnie Chiu, Managing Director at The Social Investment Consultancy 

5.30pm

Close of Day 1


Day 2: 31st March 2021 | 2.00pm-5.30pm

Time Sessions
2.00pm

EVALUATION APPROACHES
Using a core components approach to describe provision, adapt, and learn

A core components approach involves breaking provision into its constituent parts, and also consider which components are most important to remain intact and which are more flexible. During COVID-19 pandemic, a time of great upheaval, how can youth organisations use this approach to purposefully adapt provision with changes to context and learn through evaluation?

Mary McKaskill, Research and Methods Lead, Centre for Youth Impact; and Dr Nick Axford, Associate Professor in Health Services, University of Plymouth

2.40pm

Break

3.00pm

SYSTEMS CHANGE
Measuring what matters: a systems approach to evaluating impact and effectiveness in children's social care

Professor Rick Hood, Professor in Social Work, School of Education, Midwifery and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London; and Brendan O'Donovan, PHD Student, Kingston University

3.35pm

YOUTH AND PRACTITIONER PARTICIPATION
Evaluation in practice: Challenges, dilemmas and youth-centred approaches

Tania will begin the session looking at how we can apply youth-centred evaluation in practice. We will then hear case-study perspectives from two charities, St Mary's Youth Club and Gendered Intelligence who will share the evaluation approaches they are using and why this works for them. 

Tania de St Croix, Lecturer at King’s College London; Aston Wood, Youth Development Manager, St Mary's Youth Club; and Finn Grieg, Director of Youth & Communities Department, Gendered Intelligence, Louise Doherty, Research Associate, Kings College London & Lecturer in Youth and Community Work, Goldsmiths, University of London

4.35pm

Networking break

4.45pm

PRACTICE TIPS
Social and emotional skills: Understanding and evaluating impact

Professor Robin Banerjee, Head of the School of Psychology and a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Sussex

5.30pm

Close of Day 2