Paul leads evaluation at The Strategy Unit. He has 22 years’ experience of applied research; specialising in mixed-method, complex programme evaluation. He spent the first 11 years of his career as a research and senior research fellow in universities, and more than ten years in private sector consultancy before joining the Unit in 2019. He is an expert in programme theory and logic model approaches; and in working with marginalised groups. He has a particular interest in rapid evaluation to support innovation.
Delivery to date:
The evaluation network has 27 members from the Midlands Decision Support Network.
It is meeting every two months and is an opportunity for local systems to share and learn from each other.
To join this community of practice please contact Paul Mason
Evaluation is a process for learning about what works and how outcomes can be improved.
This guide has been produced to take you through the process, and considerations, in designing and delivering a high quality evaluation – whatever your resources. It is written for people at all levels with an interest in evaluation – whether you are thinking about delivering it in-house, commissioning it from an external provider, working with the DSC and our host organisation the Strategy Unit, or are not sure and need to think the process through to decide what is right for you.
For more information, visit the evaluation guide in the guidance section – Evaluation Guide
3 training courses have been developed for local DSUs:
- Introduction to Evaluation
- Qualitative Research 1 (data collection)
- Qualitative Research 2 (data analysis)
We ran these courses in June 2021 with plans to repeat these later in the year.
Our plans for 2021/22
- Further development of the Midlands Evaluation Community of Practice
- Sharing of local case studies and learning from our findings
- Further delivery and development of the evaluation training programme
- Providing ad hoc advise and support to Midlands decision support units on local evaluations