Although the benefits of independent evaluation are widely accepted, it can be perceived as a distraction, a tick-box exercise, or only of interest to funders.

For these and other reasons, I design my evaluations to be as useful and meaningful as possible. This means I work very closely with agencies to design methods, tools and questions to match needs and contexts; keeping in mind the need to generate relevant learning and insight for staff, service users, managers and commissioners; and ensuring that every evaluation is proportionate to the circumstances and budget.

I also support agencies to enhance their own data collection and internal evaluation methods.

We really benefited from engaging Berni early on … This ensured that all the necessary evaluation tools were put in place at the start of the project. Berni was quick to understand our needs; she was organised, efficient and collaborative in her approach. Berni’s in-depth qualitative interviews gave us a better understanding of the multi-faceted impact of our service, and the case studies she wrote brought the project to life and illustrated the nature of Contact’s work to prospective funders and the general public”

Silvia Laraia, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Contact

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