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Resources to help you measure change

July 2015

A guide to carrying out community research

If your Big Local area is interested in carrying out community research but have never done it before, you can access a step by step and easy to use guide on community research- Getting Started. Access to this ARVAC resource is completely free and can be downloaded from their website.

Learning, networking and training

In 2019, we will introduce a range of learning, networking and training opportunities for Big Local areas interested in measuring change. These opportunities will be developed on an ongoing basis and are likely to include a combination of one-off events, events as part of a series, and a learning cluster on measuring change. Details of these events will be promoted to Big Local areas through the Local Trust newsletter and social media.

Data on your Big Local area

Being able to access, understand and use publicly available data can be a useful skill for Big Local areas and can help you to make decisions and have conversations with people you want to work with. All areas have access to open data specific to their Big Local area through Local Insight. Get in touch with Lindsay at if you would like more information.

We are also holding an event on using open data on 3 December 2018, so book your place now.

Online resources

Here are a variety of resources and tools that can help you to measure change. This can be a good place to start if you are looking for some ideas around getting feedback on your activities or collecting data. We also point to other external resources that are out there, so that you can access resources that are available outside programme, and also identify potential contacts and partners.

Bespoke support from Local Trust research team

You can also get bespoke support from members of our research team who are familiar with Big local. As an example, this could include commenting on research briefs and tenders, assisting with the recruitment of evaluators or by sign posting you to resources and tools that you might not be aware of. If you would like support from the team, email us at

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