Home-Start Bristol very kindly invited me to their Regional Cluster Meeting yesterday to share my top tips for evaluation with Home-Start schemes from across the South West. This follows on from my work with Home-Start Bristol last year, training their staff and trustees to self-evaluate their Big Lottery Fund project. I’ve also worked with a number of Home-Start schemes around the UK on externally evaluating their Big Lottery Fund projects and it was good to share this learning with other schemes, through a presentation entitled “An A-Z of Evaluating Home-Start” and a follow up workshop to explore specific challenges and share different methods and approaches.

The real highlight of the event was an excellent talk from Home-Start UK’s chief executive, Rob Parkinson, who spoke about the importance of social innovation and sustainability for Home-Start schemes and shared some very impressive statistics on the combined social return on investment across the Home-Start network. I’m pleased to hear the the workshop received positive feedback from the schemes who attended.

“Many interesting points shared”

“Very motivating, engaging, inspirational start.”

“Thought provoking, interesting, relevant. Set the tone for positive discussions.”

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