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Local evaluation support

Reference group

reference group NDC local evaluations

As part of its commitment to ensuring effective learning from the NDC National Evaluation, the Reference Group was established to enable evaluation officers and others within partnerships to critically engage with the National Evaluation and to provide input on the dissemination of its findings.

Terms of Reference

The group will:

  • Provide a forum for discussion of national and local evaluation issues;
  • Enable practitioners to inform and influence evaluation priorities and methodologies;
  • Provide feedback on proposed outputs of the National Evaluation;
  • Advise on the selection of issues for case studies and cross-cutting studies;
  • Inform other NDCs on how they can best use the findings of the National Evaluation and data that is being collected;
  • Provide context and narrative for the National Evaluation – the NET is unable to look at all partnerships in detail;
  • Inform ways findings/outputs are disseminated by the evaluation team and the NRU – understanding different audiences and how to communicate with them;
  • Disseminate evaluation messages – inside and outside NDCs; among other evaluation officers;
  • Inform the choice of policy areas to study – RG members can bring understanding of the relevance of timing evaluation outputs and how studies will be received/used by NDCs; could be 4-6 areas that NDCs doing worst on, which would have most useful lessons;
  • Identify local evaluations that can contribute to NE, particularly policy studies;
  • Help the NET make decisions on particular issues – e.g. evaluating VFM.

The group will meet three times per year and communicate between meetings.

The group’s activities will be communicated to other NDCs and stakeholders via the National Evaluation’s quarterly newsletter, its website, and the programme of learning and dissemination events. Other means may also be identified.

We have already received some names for the reference group, but if you would like more information or to get involved, please contact Jamie Robinson by telephone on 020 7756 7607 or email:

Sarah Donnelly
Project Support Officer
Tel: 296734
The Wellsbourne Centre
Fax: 01273 291024

Susan Hampshaw
NDC Evaluation Unit Manager
Doncaster Central PCT
White Rose House
Ten Pound Walk
Doncaster, DN4 5DJ
01302 320111 ext 4005

Richard Crisp and Joy Thompson
New East Manchester / New Deal for Communities
187 Grey Mare Lane
Manchester, M11 3ND
Tel: 0161 223 1155

Jackie Toyne
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Burngreave New Deal for Communities (Sheffield)
Tel: 0114 292 0458

Steve Broome
Evaluation and Strategy Manager
New Cross Gate NDC
Unit D Hatcham Mews Business Centre
New Cross
London, SE14 5QA
Tel: 020 8314 7191
Fax: 020 8314 3022

Melanie Carr
Evaluation Strategy Manager
New Heart for Heywood NDC Partnership
31 Bridge St
Heywood, OL10 1JF
Tel: 01706 694516

Walsall's New Deal for Communities
Blakenall Village Centre
Thames Road, Blakenall
Walsall, WS3 1LZ
Tel: 01922 712858, Fax: 01922 473480

All Saints and Blakenhall Community Development Partnership
Suite A2 (Annexe)
St John's House, St John's Square
Wolverhampton, WV2 4AT
Tel: 01902 556 747
Fax: 01902 556 752

Hull NDC
Awaiting further details

Bridie Rawlings
Evaluation Support Officer


Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB

Telephone 0114 225 5555 | Fax 0114 225 4449

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