The Impact of Community Work

How to Gather Evidence

This book provides practical guidance for professionals and pre-qualifying students on how to gather and generate evidence of the impact of projects in the community. It includes case studies from a range of community settings and is full of easy to implement ideas, tools and examples of methods to demonstrate the impact of work in the community.

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This book provides essential guidance for professionals and pre-qualifying students on how to gather and generate evidence of the impact of projects in the community.

Including case studies from diverse community settings, it provides easy to implement, practical ideas and examples of methods to demonstrate the impact of community work.

Considering not only evaluation, but also the complex processes of evidence gathering, it will help all those involved with work in the community to demonstrate the impact and value of their work. The book provides:

  • guidance for how to present different findings to different audiences;

  • methods for effectively demonstrating the value of your work;

  • how to demonstrate the scale, quality and significance of impact.

Karen McArdle has worked in the community development field for over 30 years and taught evaluation to professionals across multiple community contexts.

Kirsty Forrester has worked extensively as a community learning and development worker in local authority, third sector, social work and health settings.

Catherine McKay has worked for 37 years in Community Learning and Development at local and national policy levels across Scotland.

Ed Garrett combines an academic background in research and teaching with over fifteen years’ experience as a community development worker in the voluntary sector.

Sue Briggs is a local authority development officer with experience of managing quality improvement approaches, professional development and community learning development practice.

Author/Editor details at time of book publication.