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Evaluation guidance - evaluation tools and resources

From the Family Jam project run by Groundswell Arts in London

Evaluation tools

Taking an outcomes approach: from planning to evaluation

Tools for measuring a variety of outcomes

Outcomes Star

  • Has a selection of evaluation tools. Lists pros and cons, age range, settings, and circumstances for each.

 

Tools for measuring musical outcomes

Youth Music Early Years Musical Assessment Scale

  • Separate scales for different age brackets of early years children (0-2, 2-3, 3-5) to be filled in by any participating adult. Five-point scale questions about the way early years children interact with music.
     

Youth Music Young Musicians Development Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 6-10) about their enjoyment of music, and their own perceptions of their musical abilities. Questions use faces instead of numbers, ranging from a very sad face to a very happy face.

 

Youth Music Musical Development Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11+) about their enjoyment of music, and their own perceptions of their musical abilities. Includes a ladder measure ('Cantrill's Ladder) used to measure the young person's awareness of music-making opportunities going on in their community.

 

Sounds of Intent Framework

  • Framework investigating the musical development of children and young people of all ages with learning difficulties. The framework covers a whole range of ability from profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) to those with autism, with or without exceptional musical abilities. Completed by music leader or other observing adult.

 

Sounds of Intent in the Early Years

  • Based on the original Sounds of Intent Framework, adapted for use with children aged 0-5 in the earlier stages of musical development. Completed by music leader or other observing adult.

 

Tools for measuring personal outcomes

Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 13+) enabling the monitoring of mental wellbeing. One version has seven statements and the other has 14. The items are all worded positively and cover both feeling and functioning aspects of mental wellbeing. This is an established tool used widely in mental health settings.

 

Youth Music Attitude and Behaviour Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11-18) about how they feel they have developed skills such as working with others, punctuality and commitment.

 

Youth Music Wellbeing Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11-18) about how they have been recently feeling. Based on Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale. There is also a ladder measure (‘Cantrill’s Ladder’) used to capture overall wellbeing.

 

Brief Resilience Scale: Assessing the Ability to Bounce Back

  • Six-question tool scored on a scale of 1-5 that can be used to assess the ability to bounce back or recover from stress, with total score divided by the number of questions to give an overall score.

 

General Self-Efficacy Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 12+) that is designed to assess optimistic self-beliefs to cope with a variety of difficult demands in life.

 

Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale

  • Four-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 12+) that measures global self-worth by measuring both positive and negative feelings about the self.

 

Evaluation framework published by Public Health England

  • Includes a useful list of validated evaluation scales and questionnaires

 

A Methodological Review of Resilience Measurement Scales

 

 

Tools for measuring social outcomes

 

Youth Music Agency and Citizenship Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11-18) designed to measure how much they feel in control of their lives, able to make decisions, and feel connected to their communities.

 

Children's Loneliness and Social Dissatisfaction Scale

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 6+) which assesses feelings of loneliness and social dissatisfaction.

 

Tools for measuring workforce outcomes

 

Youth Music - Music Practitioner scales

  • Five-point scale questions addressed to the music leader involved in the project which are split into two scales designed to capture their reflections: the Job Satisfaction Scale and the Professional Practice Scale. These can be used to assess how those employed to deliver your projects feel about their work.

 

Tools for measuring organisational outcomes

 

Inspiring Impact Measuring Up! Tool

  • Step-by-step self-assessment tool for charitable organisations and social enterprises, allowing organisations to review and improve their impact practice. Generates a report allowing organisations to see where their impact practice is going well and where there is room for improvement.

 

Arts Council England’s Self Evaluation Framework

  • An online tool to help arts organisations to self-evaluate. Focuses on six areas: vision, external environment, artistic aspirations & programme, participation & engagement, organisational capacity & capability, and business model.

 

Additional guidance and resources

Download Youth Music's 2012 Evaluation Toolkit as a PDF here

Big Lottery Fund: Help with Aims and Outcomes

Charities Evaluation Services

Creating Your Theory of Change: NPC’s Practical Guide

Creative and Credible

  • Evaluation support for arts and health organisations and practitioners

Describe the Difference Your Work Makes: Build Your Framework for Evaluation

Example Planning Triangles

Guidance for Developing a Theory of Change for Your Programme

Information Collection Methods: Choosing Tools for Assessing Impact

Inspiring Impact

  • UK-wide collaborative programme to help organisations know what to measure and how to measure

Jargonbuster

  • Glossary of key terms in voluntary sector management, commissioning, and procurement

The JET Pack (Journey to EmploymenT) framework

New Philanthropy Capital: Four Pillar Approach

Theory of Change: The Beginning of Making a Difference

Youth Music’s Top Tips for Evaluation Reporting

Glossary

  • activity - work carried out by a project to produce its outputs and achieve its overall aim and intended outcomes
  • aim - overall reason for a project and the long-term difference it is intended to make (also called mission)
  • baseline - data that shows what a situation is like before a project intervenes
  • data - any information collected
  • evaluation - using monitoring data to understand the effectiveness of a project
  • evidence - data that can be used to prove or disprove a claim
  • impact - broader or longer-term change that happens as a result of a project’s activities, outputs, and outcomes
  • indicator - specific, observable phenomenon that can be measured or assessed to demonstrate progress toward a goal; an outcome indicator shows progress toward an intended outcome
  • mission - same as aim
  • monitoring - collecting data in a systematic way to check progress against a project’s intended outcomes
  • outcome - change in skills, knowledge, or behaviour that happens as a result of a project’s activities and outputs; these changes are typically short- to medium-term and support long-term progress toward a project’s overall aim
  • output - product or service resulting from project activities and delivered as part of that project
  • planning triangle - tool for planning and visualising a project’s overall aim, intended outcomes, and activities
  • qualitative - relating to words
  • quantitative - relating to numbers
  • source of evidence - record of an indicator that can be used to measure or assess progress toward a goal;  data collected in relation to an indicator
  • triangulation - process of verifying findings by combining multiple perspectives and methods