A multi-disciplinary team from Sheffield Hallam University is carrying out the Children’s Community evaluation.
The team will be co-led by Sarah Pearson from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) and Mike Coldwell from the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIOE) and will also draw on the expertise on six further specialists from the University.
CRESR is one of the leading policy research and evaluation centres in the United Kingdom with work encompassing public services, the voluntary and community sectors, labour markets, housing, regeneration, and urban and regional policy. They have a focus on working in disadvantaged places. SIOE brings extensive research and evaluation expertise around early years, children and young people, families, education, learning, and the wider aspects of children and young people’s lives.
The table below maps how the process and impact components of the evaluation are addressing our evaluation questions around model fidelity, long-term change, leadership and governance, theories of change, and impact.
|Area-level||Organisation level||Beneficiary level|
|How and to what extent are Communities embodying the key Principles of the Children’s Communities model?||✓||✓|
|Is there evidence of Children’s Communities working toward long term systems change?||✓||✓||✓|
|How effective are leadership and governance arrangements?||✓||✓|
|How are the Communities progressing with developing and operationalising the local strategic vision and theory of change?||✓||✓|
|What evidence is there of impacts within services and systems?||✓||✓||✓|
|What evidence is there of impacts for children and young people and families?||✓||✓||✓|