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How do we know if we are making a difference?

Friday 16 June 10:30am - 3:30pm

Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, Hampton Park Way, Off Broadlands Road, Southampton SO17 3AT

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Book now by contacting Vicky Tedder on 07745 407434 or email

About this event

This learning event aims to bring Big Local areas together to share experience around evaluation - how you know if you are making a difference. Join us to share your successes and challenges. Pin down the difference you want to make; how to choose what to measure; and what data to collect that brings these changes to light.

Who is this for?

  • This event is for people in Big Local areas who want to:
  • Know the difference their Big Local activities are making
  • Learn tools and techniques on how to measure and capture changes to their local area
  • Meet other Big Local areas to share experience

Further information

This learning and networking event is an opportunity to meet members of other Big Local partnerships, explore different approaches to evaluation and share ideas and good practice on how to show the positive difference that Big Local is making.

Participants at the event will leave with ideas on how to choose what to measure to highlight the difference which is being made. There will be ideas on how to go about collecting the information, and how to document it in ways that are fun and engaging. Participants should to leave with an action plan of next steps. 

Agenda Friday 16 June

Time Description

Arrival and registration 


Welcome and warm up


How are other Big Local areas collecting and using information to show their progress and using this to build their legacy

Examples from two areas


The national picture

Big Local Reps explain approaches from the wider Big Local network


Buzz groups

What does success look like for our Big Local area?

How will we know if we are successful?  


Open space

Introduction to open space – suggest your idea for discussion



And an opportunity for networking plus setting discussion topics for open space


Open space topics – discussion 1

With topics decided through open space

Brief feedback on key points from discussion host  


Open space topics – discussion 2

With topics decided through open space

Brief feedback on key points from discussion host


Reflection from discussions

Reflection from discussions, identifying take home learning points


Next Steps

Opportunity for reflection from the day and action planning (with action plan templates for evaluation)



More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area and we will provide lunch. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. We can also book and pay for travel in advance.

For information on expenses and support, please contact or phone 020 3588 0565.

If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances. Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

This event is being organised for Local Trust by Helen Garforth and Wendy Sugarman, Big Local Reps. There are a maximum of 30 places available. To ensure as many areas can take part as possible we are initially limiting places to three per area. To book a place or if you have any questions please email Vicky Tedder – or call Helen 07745 407434 or Wendy 07932 730477


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