The Evaluation Exchange is a new opportunity for UCL postgraduate researchers to connect with voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) in the London boroughs of Newham and Camden to develop and apply their research skills.
The Evaluation Exchange is an initiative that connects UCL postgraduate students with Voluntary Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs) by forming collaborative partnership with a VCSO to tackle an evaluation challenge (such as designing an evaluation plan, developing surveys, analysing existing data). Following on from a successful pilot programme in 2018 the programme is now running in Newham and Camden and is led by UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering and east London Community Interest Company Compost London, together with Voluntary Action Camden and supported by the UCL Community Engagement team. After matching the skills and interests of the participants they are provided with training throughout the programme to help make the most out theexperience. Ad hoc support and advice is provided by the PEU and Aston Mansfield throughout the programme.
This programme is an opportunity for students to enhance their research and evaluation skills outside of a university setting - a real world application of knowledge that has the potential to make a difference to the workings of VCSOs. Researchers help embed the use of successful evaluation approaches within the voluntary sector in east London, leading to a lasting change in practice and making a valued contribution to organisations. Connecting with individuals outside of the university has also established new networks. Student enhance their research and evaluation skills, tap into the workings of a VSO, and have the opportunity to enhance their experience outside of the typical university setting.
This programme is currently taking place, and you can follow updates on how it's going on IEDE's website