Evaluating the Kick the Dust grants programme

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Over recent months, the 12 Kick the Dust grantees have been busy working up their second-round applications and producing activity plans. It's great to report that all 12 have now received their second round award and can enter the delivery phase of their projects.

Evaluation, as we've reported before, is a critical element of the Kick the Dust programme. Needless to say, then, our external evaluators have been busy too, finalising the evalution framework for the progamme.

Rebecca from Renaisi will be sharing the 'Theory of Change' framework for the programme here soon (you'll need to be logged in to see the attachment) and we'll use this space to discuss and provide updates on the evalaution of Kick the Dust as the programme progresses.

View Jo Reilly's profile Jo Reilly Aug 6 2018 - 5:44pm
  1. Hello all,

    As Jo mentioned above, Renaisi and Centre for Youth Impact have been working on developing a Theory of Change and an evaluation framework for the Kick the Dust grants programme.

    The Theory of Change is an illustration of how the programme will achieve its aims and objectives.  More specifically, it maps what the programme does (grant activities) and how these lead to desired goals and outcomes.  The Theory of Change has been shaped by initial discussions with Grantees at the Community of Practice event in December last year followed by more detailed individual feedback, collaboration with the Kick the Dust team at HLF, and by reviewing project activity plans.

    While each Kick the Dust project is unique and the activities delivered by projects will differ, the Theory of Change illustrates what is shared across projects, and aggregates the outcomes achieved at the project level. It therefore will form the foundation of the evaluation framework and what we will aim to measure through the programme evaluation.  In particular, the first three columns in the Theory of Change will be most relevant to local project evaluations.

    The final Theory of Change includes:

    • Programme activities – A broad description of programme activities including delivery activities related to heritage and strategic organisational level activities.
    • Mechanisms of change – The experiences that are expected to be shared by those who engage directly with the programme including the young people who participate in activities, consortia partners, and delivery staff.
    • Immediate outcomes – These are the short-term outcomes of the programme that are expected to be achieved within the lifespan of the programme.
    • Medium term outcomes – This section illustrates the larger scale changes that the programme contributes. These outcomes are most likely to occur over a longer period of time and beyond the lifespan of the programme.
    • Ultimate outcomes – These are the overarching aims of Kick the Dust

    The evaluation framework will be finalised and shared with all Grantees very shortly, but in the meantime you can contact me any time to discuss how to integrate the Theory of Change in your project evaluation or for any other evaluation questions.

  2. View Rebecca Simpson's profile Rebecca Simpson
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  3. Thanks Rebecca,

    Readers should note that you need to be logged in to see and download the Theory of Change attached in the message above.


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