Midlands Evaluation Community of Practice

Our evaluation network brings together staff with an interest in or responsibility for evaluation in their system. It provides a space to share information, ideas and resources, as well as seek advice and guidance from one another

Delivery to date:

  • Established evaluation community of practice for the MDSN
  • Produced MDSN guide to evaluation principles and practice
  • Developed evaluation training programme
  • 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


    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

    Evaluation lead: Paul Mason (Principal Consultant and Evaluation Lead at Strategy Unit)

    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.