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Monitoring and Evaluation Project 2010 -2012

In January 2010, we received Lottery Community Sector Research funding to enable us to better monitor and evaluate our work. We have been working in partnership with Social Foci on this project, an independent research company, which specialises in evaluation. This project has enabled us to assess organisational capacity and progress in meeting the needs of the community, make improvements to our work, and to assess and report on the community outcomes resulting from our projects.

The key objectives of the wider project have been to: 

• Develop a strategic monitoring and evaluation framework, which Project Lyttelton can use to guide monitoring and evaluation of our organisational capacity, performance and outcomes
• Develop and enhance Project Lyttelton's skills and knowledge in the area of monitoring and evaluation, leading to improvements in our performance and outcomes

The project first saw us develop an evaluation Framework (which can be downloaded here).

We then explored different methodologies for collecting and analysing evaluation material and undertake an organisational capacity assessment. Six of our projects were chosen to undergo in-depth monitoring and evaluation. For each one a range of methods was explored and utilized from surveys to focus groups, interviews to mystery shopping. The documents below are the executive summaries for each of these 6 projects as well as an interviews with other community organisations about Project Lyttelton and our work.

Executive summaries: 
Project Lyttelton's Website
Seven Oaks Community Garden
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights
Lyttelton Farmers Market
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Walking
Open Space Orton Bradley Hui
Interviews with Community Organisations

Full evaluation reports can be found by visiting:
If you are interested in finding out about the Mackensie capacity assessment follow this link:

We would be delighted to share our learnings and findings with any community organisation that would find it useful - please do be in touch if would like to discuss any aspect of this project.

Many thanks to Social Foci and all those who participated in, and enabled this project to go ahead. Particular thanks to Lotteries Community and their generous funding support.

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