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Evaluation

There are three parts to the evaluation of the ABSS services, projects and activities:

  • Process Evaluation : Regular and ongoing monitoring of the delivery and performance of our projects and services.
  • Formative Evaluation: Regular and ongoing reporting on the delivery of our projects and services, including understanding the experiences of parents and families who participate in those projects and services.
  • Independent Summative Evaluation: An independent evaluation looking at the impact that ABSS is having overall, including understanding the experiences of parents and families who participate in ABSS, the staff who deliver services and other ABSS partners, and the wider impact that ABSS is having in communities in Southend.

We also contribute to a National Evaluation looking at the impact that the national A Better Start programme is having in the five ABS areas: Blackpool, Bradford, Lambeth, Nottingham and Southend.

As well as looking at the performance and impact of our projects and services, we also aim to understand the impact ABSS as a whole is having by measuring progress against a series of outcomes, as outlined in our Outcomes Framework.

A new section of this website is being developed that will set out evidence from each of the above areas, to show where progress is being made and the impact that ABSS is having. Please check back in coming months for further developments.

In the meantime, if you would like any further information about how we are researching, evaluating and evidencing our work please contact Clare Littleford, ABSS Research and Evaluation Manager, Clare.Littleford@eyalliance.org.uk or call 01702 356050.