The National Evaluation
The Big Lottery Fund has appointed Ecorys to deliver the national evaluation and learning services for its Building Better Opportunities programme. The contract started in 2016 and will run until early 2020.
The evaluation primarily concentrates on examining the approach to programme implementation on the ground. In doing so it is taking a formative perspective to generate insights and timely lessons during the life of the programme. The key areas for investigation and analysis through the national evaluation are access and impact.
- With regard to access, the evaluation will explore progress to date in opening up ESF funding, via BBO, to organisations that are well-placed to deliver effective interventions for harder to reach target groups.
- The evaluation will conduct a range of activities to examine the impacts of the programme, including project reviews on a sample basis (i.e. a ‘deep and narrow’ analysis) to provide detailed and insightful findings about what works and for whom in the delivery of interventions.
The above evaluation work will be coupled with a strong emphasis on sharing learning through a programme of learning activities. Specifically these will be designed to identify critical success factors and lessons for the Fund and delivery organisations
Annual evaluation reports are being produced bringing together the evidence and learning generated across each year of the evaluation.
The evaluation work is coupled with a strong emphasis on sharing learning through a programme of learning activities through which a range of resources and materials are being produced.