Realising Ambition Programme Insights: Issue 2

Published: November 2015 Publication Type: Publication

Evidence is Confidence: How to create a richer evidential tapestry

The Realising Ambition consortium, of which The Young Foundation is a part, are producing a series of 12 Programme Insights rather than writing a long evaluation report at the end of the five-year programme.

Realising Ambition is delighted to announce the launch of its second Programme Insight, one of a series of short briefings sharing key learning from the programme.

In the second of our Programme Insights, we focus on the role of evidence in the replication process.

We argue that the process of replication requires a broader definition of evidence, one that includes but also moves beyond just evidence of impact.

We also consider how to take an overview of this more nuanced take on evidence and what the implications of this approach are for commissioning.

About Realising Ambition and our Programme Insights series

Realising Ambition is a £25m Big Lottery Fund programme supporting 22 organisations across the UK to replicate services aimed at preventing youth offending. Our Insights are designed to support anyone undertaking or commissioning services with a focus on replication and evidence.

Join the conversation

Do you agree with the need to take a broader, more nuanced view of evidence? Join us on the Big Lottery Fund’s online community to share your views, tweet us using #RealisingAmbition or email us to share your thoughts. @BigLotteryFund would also like you to tweet your thoughts on the programme, diverting young people from pathways into offending and funding socially responsible services.

For further information please visit our Realising Ambition project page.

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