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The Evaluation Exchange

We are a partnership between UCL and voluntary and community sector organisations that aims to improve evaluation practice.

UCL Evaluation Exchange poster December 2022

9 December 2022

What is the Evaluation Exchange? 

The Evaluation Exchange brings together voluntary and community sector groups wanting to improve their capacity to evaluate their work, with postgraduate students and researchers who want to put their research and evaluation skills into practice in a real-life setting.

We work in different ways with different people depending on their needs. At the heart of everything we do is supporting organisations, students and researchers to work together, to break down barriers to accessing different evidence and build evaluation and research skills that work in the real world.    

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To find out why we run the programme, watch our animation. To learn about how organisations, students and researchers have recently benefited, watch our film

Students and researchers: Why should I get involved?

An opportunity for you and those you work with

The Evaluation Exchange is an opportunity for you to enhance your research and evaluation skills outside of a university setting - a real world application of your knowledge that has the potential to make a difference to the workings of voluntary and community sector organisations. You will help embed the use of successful evaluation approaches leading to a lasting change in practice and making a valued contribution to an organisation. 

You will also be meeting and connecting with individuals outside of the university, establishing a new network. You will enhance your research and evaluation skills, tap into the workings of community and voluntary sector organisations, and have the opportunity to enhance your experience outside of the typical university setting.  

Read about the key impacts and lessons learnt from the Evaluation Exchange 2017/18Evaluation Exchange 2021/22 and watch our film.

Organisations: Why should I get involved?

An opportunity for you and those you work with

The Evaluation Exchange aims to help voluntary and community organisations, in Camden and Newham, build evaluation and learning into their work. By matching you to a team of UCL researchers, you will work collaboratively with them to tackle your evaluation challenge. Working together you can develop appropriate learning systems that help you understand what is going well and not so well and demonstrate the value of your organisation’s services. The team of researchers matched to your organisation will have a variety of backgrounds and interests and will be keen to learn from you too. 

Watch our film featuring organsations who have already been involved.

Support

We can help you think through whether your evaluation challenge is appropriate for the Evaluation Exchange. If you would like to discuss your idea please get in touch

Our training
Overview of the training we offered in our 2021/22 programme.

Find out more

Who we’ve worked with and what happened  

Women + Health

Skills Enterprise 

Money A+E

Institute of Imagination

Forest Gate Community Garden

Wac Arts

Street Storage

Deafroots

Kentish Town City Farm

Subco Trust

Lifeafterhummus

Central YMCA

Calthorpe Community Garden

Read our blogs
Watch our videos 
Get in touch

Get in touch

I am a postgraduate researcher and want to apply

Please contact Ruth if you have any questions or want to learn more


 

I am an organisation and I want to apply

Please contact Ruth if you have any questions or want to learn more.


Who we work with

The Evaluation Exchange is delivered with Compost London and run with Voluntary Action Camden.

People

Project leads: Dr Gemma Moore and Ruth Unstead-Joss