Local Trust has a new support offer for Big Local areas to help them better measure the changes they are bringing about in their communities.
How do you know you’ve made a difference in your Big Local area? You will be able to talk about changes that you’ve noticed, butwe can help you collect information to understand the difference your partnership has made in a tangible way.
We know it can be especially difficult to explore how people feel about their community or themselves, but the support is designed with those tricky, hard to measure goals in mind. There are a number changes you’re making in your area that you may want to understand. The measuring change support is an opportunity to set aside time to reflect on your plans and activities so you can understand what’s working, what’s not working and how to best allocate resources. It can also help demonstrate your achievements to show them to your community, contribute to a plan review or apply for additional funding.
As a partnership we know that the projects we work on are good because we live and breathe them, other people outside say ‘oh yeah, and?’ so now we’ve learned how to give them the ‘and’.”
Andrew Blakey, Chair of Riverside Community Big Local
It can be applied to changes that you have already made and would like to measure, or it can help identify what you would like to achieve by the end of the programme and give you the skills and confidence to track it’s impact. Measuring change support puts partnerships in control of what is important to measure and how to collect information in a way that suits your ways of working.
The measuring change support offer has been developed to be flexible to meet the varied needs of Big Local areas. There are many different ways that areas can take up this support, but to give you an idea of what it could be used for, here is a short list of things your partnership might do:
Understanding the difference, you’re making in your Big Local area:create a plan of the changes you want to achieve, how you’ll know you’re going in the right direction and the information you need to collect to demonstrate these changes to your community, Local Trust and other funders.
Doing your own community research:can support the partnership or other residents to undertake your own community research project to understand how the changes your Big Local area has made has affected people in your community.
Evaluating specific projects:the measuring change providers have a range of specialisms to help you understand the changes you’re bringing about for specific projects or priorities from your plan. We’ve listed some ideas below to give you an idea of what’s possible but we’re happy to chat with you if you have a specific project in mind:
Mental health and wellbeing
Employment and job creation
Relationships with public agencies and organisations
How can my Big Local take part?
We’ll work with you and your partnership to understand how best to support you and if measuring change is right for you. Once we have a conversation and decide together and how best to proceed, you’ll be able to help select the measuring change provider that you would like to work with.
Once your partnership decides on the best provider for the work, we’ll set up an intro meeting on Zoom for you to meet the provider and make the final decision about whether you want to move forward with the support.
How much does it cost?
The support is fully funded by Local Trust and we work with a number of measuring change providers that all have experience working on community-led evaluation projects and have a range of specialisms and methods that can help you achieve your goals for the support.
Measuring change training and workshops
Alongside the support offer, we will also be providing training and workshops periodically for Big Local areas to come together and learn about measuring change.
There aren’t any sessions currently planned. If you are interested in hearing about future training, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some resources which can help you better measure the change your Big Local is making. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need further support, contact the research team at email@example.com