Jayne Francis, Senior Social Research Consultant at M E L Research, is the coordinator of the UKES Midlands Regional Network.
M E L Research is a Birmingham-based independent social research organisation – standing for ‘measurement, evaluation, learning’ – and has been providing evidence-based social policy evaluation, research and consultancy services for 25 years. Jayne has some 20 years experience in social policy research and has worked extensively in the Midlands in the public and third sectors.
Jayne commented: “We are totally committed to sharing knowledge and learning, and have considerable in-house expertise in organising events including, conferences, seminars and workshops. We hope to meet with as many Midland Network members as possible during 2010 and, in particular, welcome discussions with network colleagues regarding regional planning and activities.”
Jayne’s contact details are as follows:
Telephone 0121 604 4664
NWEN began in late 2001 as the Greater Manchester Evaluation Partnership Group, with initial funding from Manchester, Salford & Trafford Health Action Zone’s evaluation work. In April 2003, the group decided to become a regionwide network, and to become associated with the UK Evaluation Society (UKES). A number of UKES-linked regional networks have been getting going around the UK and this is one of them.
The network currently has over 125 members across the North West, based in a variety of organisations - health, local government and other public agencies, voluntary sector, universities – as well as freelance. They are involved in evaluation in fields such as health and healthcare, social work, education, regeneration, employment, and youth work.Why did it begin?
What is its aim?
To bring together people involved in or interested in evaluation, with a particular value on collaboration, reflexivity, diversity, participation and appropriate (mixed) methods.
When we started, we said we wanted to:
How can I join?
NWEN is set up under the auspices of the UK Evaluation Society. Whereas joining UKES is not obligatory it will allow you access to the full benefits of being part of a professional body, including discounts for paid events, a regular e-newsletter and The Evaluator magazine.
Anyone who attends an NWEN event is put on the email list (it’s easy to unsubscribe from it).
You can also join and find out further information at www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/NW-EVAL-NET.html or by contacting the current e-coordinator and convenor.
Dr. Kath Edgar
You’ll be sent information about events, evaluations needed and other items of interest, you’ll be able to contact others in the network, and you’ll be part of an exciting new development in evaluation in the North West and around the UK!
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The London Evaluation Network of UKES covers the London Region, although its activities are open to all members and non-members of UKES interested in evaluation.
Its aims are to:
If you would like more information on the network, please contact Ulrike Hotopp
The Yorkshire and Humber Network covers the whole of the region and is focused on serving the evaluation needs of the region. Activities are open to all members and non-members of UKES including those from outside the region and form part of a national programme for networking and training opportunities for members.
We exist to:
We aim to hold at least four network events each year in the region and to offer occasional evaluation training workshops.
The South West Evaluator Forum is a network of people working in Evaluation throughout the region. Representatives from Health and Social Care, the NHS, the Universities, the Voluntary and Community sector and local Consultancies meet quarterly to discuss methodologies, challenges and successes. Recent topics of discussion have included Patient and Public Involvement, Ethics and Training opportunities, with networking and idea-exchange prioritised in the meetings. We also have an online presence through a Google discussion group that is open to all members of the network, regardless of whether they can attend meetings in person or not.
Our stated aims are:
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 900 2268
To contact your local network members send us an email