We are looking for a sensible plan of how the project outcomes will be measured and evaluated. By proportionate, we refer to the need to take into account the scale of the project, the capacity constraints around it in terms of staff, time, and resources available, as well as what the value of the evaluation will be for future project development and delivery.
You should consider how you can embed reflection, learning, and monitoring throughout the project, instead of leaving evaluation to the end of a project lifecycle, for example using an “action research” framework so that learning can be incorporated directly into practice. You should also consider how is your proposed evaluation appropriate for your project and how valid is your evaluation approach. E.g. what data are you going to gather, and is it the right kind of data to achieve your evaluation goals? However, we are conscious that for smaller projects, evaluation can be very simple and may not encounter significant risks in the design stage. Finally, you should think about how learning from our funded projects can be promoted, shared and disseminated, either internally within your team or organisation for smaller projects, and across the Ormiston network if appropriate for larger projects.