We aim to make a real difference to patients and NHS staff through the grants we award. By evaluating your project, you can better understand and celebrate how your project has made a positive change. We sometimes call this your impact.
We share this information with our trustees and donors to demonstrate the importance of our funding and help us raise more money to support other projects.
As well as encouraging you to learn from your project, we also aspire to be a learning organisation and will use any findings to help other grantees and improve our own processes.
What is evaluation?
Evaluating your project simply means thinking about what the aims of your project are, tracking what actually happens, and working out whether you achieved your goals. By thinking about what you intended to do and measuring if this was successful, you can show if your project was effective and whether it could be done differently in the future.
What evaluation do I need to undertake?
- If you’ve been awarded a patient hardship grant, you don’t need to evaluate.
- If you’ve been awarded a small grant of £2,000 or under, evaluating your project isn’t mandatory. However, you may still wish to do this, and we would love to hear about it in your End of Grant Report.
- If you’ve been awarded a small grant of over £2,000, an Innovate at Imperial grant or a general grant, you must evaluate your project. We ask you what your evaluation plans are when you apply, and you must tell us how these went and what you found out in your End of Grant Report.
- If you’ve been awarded a Research Fellowship, evaluation will depend on the nature of your research project and should be built into your research proposal. We’ll ask you about your project’s achievements and the dissemination of your research findings in your End of Grant Report.
Evaluation is relevant for all types of projects, from purchasing furniture and equipment, to running activities with patients or staff and creating an innovative new practice or service. But it needs to be proportional, and in balance with how much you’re spending and what you’re doing. We don’t expect the same level of work for all projects - it should match your needs, and may be simple or more in depth depending on your activity.
We know evaluation can seem like a huge task but we’ve pulled together these useful resources, which contain lots of handy hints and tips to help you plan and carry out evaluation that will be useful for you and for us.
- Inspiring Impact are on a mission to help people consider and measure their impact, with a website full of guides and examples.
- Evaluation Support Scotland has created some simple and clear guides to different parts of the evaluation process.
- This guide from NPC helps you understand the different types of data you could collect to assess your impact.
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund has created this guidance for its grantees on how to carry out evaluation. This would be particularly helpful to consider for larger projects.
- The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has a selection of guides to practical evaluation of different types of activity.