Our evaluation tools and methods

Who evaluated the BAB programme?

The local evaluation of Bristol Ageing Better was conducted by the University of the West of England (UWE) and a team of volunteer Community Researchers aged 50+.

This evaluation team collected in-depth evidence about a number of BAB-funded projects, as well as about the BAB programme as a whole. Together with UWE Bristol, the Community Researchers co-produced evaluation reports, delivered presentations and played an active role in advising the development of the programme.

A national-level evaluation of all 14 Ageing Better programmes in England, including Bristol, is being undertaken by an agency called Ecorys.


What did the evaluation involve?

We collected evidence about our projects in a number of different ways in order to help us evaluate our impact on older people.

One of these methods involved monitoring data collected on a regular basis by the BAB Programme Management Team, which was both quantitative and qualitative.

Quantitative data was collected through a Common Measurement Framework (CMF) questionnaire. This was developed by Ecorys and used by older people in all 14 of the Ageing Better programmes nationally. The questionnaire covered topics such as loneliness and isolation, health, wellbeing, social contact, social participation, decision making and volunteering. It was designed to be completed three times by each individual; once at the start of their involvement in a project, once at the end of their involvement in that project, and then once again six months later. This enabled the impact of a project to be tracked over time.

Qualitative data was collected through a variety of methods including in-depth interviews, observations, attending events and meetings, case studies and online surveys.



Where are the evaluation findings?

The BAB evaluation findings from UWE Bristol and the Community Researchers can be found in our Learning and Evaluation Hub.

You can also sign up to our regular learning updates here.

Resources from the national learning and evaluation work can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website here.

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