We have developed a nationally recognised expertise with regard to designing, developing and implementing appropriate methodologies for the evaluation of a wide range of programmes and interventions. Numerous strategy, programme and project level evaluations have been undertaken – ranging from reviews of complex multi-faceted national programmes such as the Welsh Communities First programme, the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal and the LEGI Programme through to smaller more localised and community-based project evaluations. As a result of this experience, AMION has been called upon to provide advice on a range of methodological and evaluation issues (such as the Home and Communities Agency (HCA) Additionality Guide and DCLG’s Olympics Evaluation Framework).
Our ability to undertake both formative and process-focused as well as summative and outcomes-focused evaluations which are fully compliant with the Green and Magenta books and combine technical, methodological and high level strategic expertise using both top-down and bottom-up analyses enables AMION to provide a holistic approach to planning and undertaking evaluations across a range of sectors. While approaches differ, they are usually based on a logic model approach that defines the context, resources, activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts of the initiative or activity and analysis involves the use of quantitative and qualitative methods to assess both primary and secondary data sources.
We have recently been appointed to the Crown Commercial Services Panel of Consultants for the Evaluation of Grants and Programmes and are on the HCA Economics Panel.