As a member of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society, FCL personnel have an expertise on current trends in Evaluation, and have recently successfully completed external evaluations on several projects, including ADAPT and ESF. For the best evaluation, the Evaluators should be involved from the planning stages of a project, but where this is not possible, FCL is keen to become involved in the drawing-up of evaluation strategies to satisfy both the project managers, and the funding bodies, so that good, cost-effective action may be taken, that will help not only the evaluation, but also the dissemination and embedding of the project results, that are so often a pre-requisite for obtaining funding.
All Government-funded projects are evaluated, and the results are often published in various official journals or web-sites, so that a comprehensive evaluation strategy is essential. FCL have been involved in the planning of evaluating such programmes as the Skills Development Fund, and is fully aware of the comprehensive nature of these requirements. This expertise is available to use in other, similar programmes, and FCL would welcome consortia approaches to developing their strategies, and implementing the effective evaluation of their activities.
Projects are increasingly being judged, both at the pre and post project phase, on their cost effectiveness. Limited resources ensure that all funding providers are investigating any means available to make these limited funds stretch further; consequently there is a far greater emphasis on “cost effectiveness” than there has been previously. FCL has been involved in several projects where cost effectiveness has been one of the key elements, and has thus developed various tools to help identify key aspects of any project / funding opportunity, with cost effectiveness. This is a developing area for FCL, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss any potential developments in “cost-effective” delivery with other interested parties.
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