Understanding and evidencing the impact that programmes and projects make upon Greater Manchester Strategy objectives is vital in demonstrating the value such activities bring to GM, making the case for mainstreaming pilot activity and increasing our knowledge of ‘what works’. New Economy, with advice from central government and subject experts such as the What Works Centres, regularly conducts evaluations of Greater Manchester programmes and projects. The evaluation methods we use include both quantitative and qualitative approaches and range in terms of rigour from quick lessons learnt pieces to large scale impact evaluations which identify the net impacts, value for money and gross value added contributions of GM wide programmes. We also aim to keep officers abreast of evaluations conducted outside of GM. The aim of all our evaluation work is to produce insights and recommendations which can be acted upon to ensure that GM programmes and projects represent best practice within the field.
Examples of evaluations that New Economy have undertaken in areas such as business support, skills and training are included under supporting information.
We deliver evaluation training sessions for staff from a range of organisations and with varying levels of experience of conducting and commissioning evaluations. This training includes a discussion on where evaluation sits within effective business planning processes, an introduction to logic models as a tool for planning evaluations and guidance on how to develop evaluation frameworks, all of which help organisations to build capacity to undertake or commission their own evaluations and to embed these new skills. Please click here for more information on our training courses.
|David Morris is Head of the Evaluation team. He has particular expertise in relation to the evaluation of business support, skills and employment initiatives and he David leads New Economy’s work in training officers nationwide in how to apply appraisal and evaluation techniques. David is also part of a team of GM officers working with government and partners such as the network of What Works Centres to ensure robust evaluation of GM’s various Devolution Deals. David can be contacted here.|
|Rebecca Edwards is a Senior Analyst in the Evaluation team. She has particular expertise in the evaluation of skills and employment initiatives and leads on the evaluation of the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme. Rebecca has a background in research, specialising in statistical analysis and qualitative approaches, such as interviews, focus groups and open questionnaires. Her previous work history includes implementing and evaluating supported youth employment programmes. Rebecca can be contacted here.|
|Chloe Nelson is a Senior Analyst in the Evaluation team. She has a background in working with the voluntary sector to improve social impact and outcomes measurement, and an interest in evaluating health and community projects. She currently leads on our evaluation of Ambition for Ageing, a £10m lottery funded programme across Greater Manchester. Chloe also supports the policy and research team in areas such as tackling substance misuse in GM, and delivering cost benefit analysis and evaluation training. Chloe can be contacted here.|
|Emanuela Orsolic is an Analyst in the Evaluation team. Emanuela joined the Evaluation team in April 2016, having previously worked in the Economics team at New Economy, where she worked on a range of projects including an in-depth economic analysis of Greater Manchester’s (GM) growth sectors and the GM Skills Analysis 2015/16. Emanuela’s current projects include an evaluation of the GM Business Growth Hub and development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for Manchester European City of Science events. Emanuela can be contacted here.|