The University of Essex Catalyst Evaluation Team supports local authority initiatives targeted at helping vulnerable community members. The team develop robust, credible evaluation metrics and tools to conduct evaluations of completed, ongoing and future projects.
Evidence-based evaluation of public service programmes helps councils to target areas with the highest impact potential and to allocate scarce resources through informed decision making.
"The Catalyst EvaluationTeam have supported us to harness the power of system data to positively impactpolicy and decision making, placing us at the forefront of collaborative publicservice partnerships seeking innovative solutions to the challenges we face.The team provided an evaluation vision and approach that enabled the Essex Dataprogramme to meaningfully evaluate community services for vulnerable peoplewithin the county and the findings have been helpful in informing EssexPartners’ work. More widely, thecollaboration with the Catalyst Evaluation Team has raised awareness within ourorganisation of the importance of evaluation by design – reflecting all stepsof the project life cycle – and we will continue to collaborate with the team onfuture work.”
The Evaluation Team have been involved in evaluating or supporting the following initiatives.
Dr Kakia Chatsiou, Senior Research Officer
Dr Luis Palerm, Senior Research Officer
Dr Ruth Weir, Research Fellow
Dr Dragana Vidovic, Research Officer
Jane Stanbury, Postgraduate Research Officer
Bendik Andersen, Research Assistant