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Evaluation & Impact Assessment

Effective research, consultation, analysis and evaluation to understand the real impacts and value of investments, projects and programmes is essential.

Our services have evolved flexibly in response to client demand and include Primary & Secondary Research, Formative & Summative Evaluations, online surveys including bulk data and text analysis via SmartSurvey and Nvivo, horizon scanning, market research, research via social media, and extensive interviews. 

Our expertise covers a range of evaluation methods and techniques that can be applied to different purposes (i.e. designing, improving management or accountability or learning about what does and does not work) for prospective (ex ante), ongoing (formative, interim and mid-term) and retrospective (final, ex post) evaluations. 

Innovas has extensive experience of evaluation of both Organisational Development Programmes and Economic Development Investment Schemes.

Organisational Development Programmes:

Understanding the real impact of leadership and management development programmes is essential to know their lasting value.

  1. How well did the programme align with the needs of the organisation and the individual?
  2. Is it relevant to meet future needs?
  3. To what extent has the learning been transferred and been relevant?
  4. How and where have participants applied what they have learned on themselves, their teams and their wider organisations?
  5. How long did this impact last?
  6. Was it life changing or gear changing or simply ‘useful? 
  7. Was it value for money?
  8. Do you care?

Understanding and quantifying the impact of Management and Leadership Programmes is essential in assessing what has worked well, what could work better, and what has maximum lasting impact on your staff and organisation. 

Key is developing an Evaluation Framework before a programme starts. 

This includes:

  • Defining the desired Outcome for your programme
  • Agreeing how you will evidence Success and how you will collect this
  • Aligning the priorities of the Participant – Organisation – Provider
  • Creating a Baseline – so you can assess the change and impact

Part of our approach is to carry out ‘After Action Reviews’ with project teams to understand the lessons which can be learned and applied to future cohorts and iterations of programmes.

Economic Development Investment Schemes

Innovas has extensive experience in the evaluation of strategies, programmes and projects across a range of economic development themes, including: enterprise, business competitiveness, innovation, knowledge transfer, broadband technologies, employment and skills. 


This includes evaluation and review of large and complex policies and programmes, as well as smaller-scale initiatives.


Evaluation is an essential tool to help improve programme and project design and service delivery. Central to our work is helping clients to understand the range of impacts that their activities can generate, including financial, economic, strategic and softer impacts, to identify what works, and draw out best practice lessons for the future.


At Innovas we combine our insight from the design and delivery of programmes with our wider background in evaluation and evidencing of the impact of investment in organisational development. 


Our evaluation clients include the NHS Leadership Academy, NHS England, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), English regions, Welsh Government, Scottish Enterprise, universities, local authorities across England and Wales, covering a broad spectrum of investments and funding streams, including domestic sources and European Structural Funds.


If you would like more information or simply to talk to us please contact:  research.evaluation@innovas.co.uk or call us on 01606 551122