Understanding what works, and why, is central to effective policy making - so evaluation research has a critical role to play. And NatCen has a long history of working with decision makers to help them understand how their policies and programmes perform.
About our evaluations
Our evaluations are carefully designed, in collaboration with our clients and collaborators, to suit the particular programme. Our experience ranges from complex multi-method evaluation which aim to pinpoint whether government policies and programmes are having the desired impact to small scale evaluations of programmes and interventions that help practitioners understand whether and how their work is making a difference.
How we can help you
We bring a wide range of approaches to our evaluation research.
We have experience across the full range of quantitative evaluative approaches which are designed to measure impact, included experimental (such as the design of randomized controlled trials), quasi experimental designs, and propensity score matching. We also have unrivalled expertise is using in depth qualitative techniques to examine implementation and process from multiple perspectives.
Any one evaluation may involve a combination of in depth interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, case studies, longitudinal surveys, analysis of administrative data, social media listening and more.
We have experience of theory based approaches to evaluation (such as logic modeling).
And we have plenty of experience of formative evaluation approaches - so that we're able to use our emerging findings to have an immediate impact on the delivery of a programme or intervention.