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!
Getting beyond the numbers: Critical theory and the "Science of Evaluation"
Details will be available shortly.
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 UKES London/South East Regional
invites you to participate in a professional development event
Economic Evaluation: what you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask
Karen Hancock (Pro Bono Economics)
Book early as tickets will go.
30 July, 2014 from 4.00 – 7.00pm, Registration from 3.30pm
Wallacespace Covent garden
2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
UKES Members: free
Corporate members: Free for first attendee and 20% discount after that
Join us if you would like to find out more about economic evaluation and check your understanding of this evaluation approach in diverse contexts. The seminar will include an interactive component. Please come prepared to take part in a fulsome debate about the potential and limitations of economic evaluation.
Karen has been with Pro Bono Economics since July 2013 following her assignment as Chief Economist at the Department for Education. During her civil service career she served in several departments, including DCSF, DfES, the Food Standards Agency and the Scottish Executive Health Department. Prior to joining the Government Economic Service in 1991 she had served as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Lund in Sweden.
In this seminar, Karen will share her wealth of experience and insight into the drivers of (and primary conditions for) economic evaluation in charities. When does an economic evaluation work? What is involved? What are the constraints on its use? Based on real world experience with Pro Bono Economics she will use practical examples to demonstrate how different types of economic assessments help to enhance the quality of programme and policy evaluations.
In order to attend, please complete the registration form
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.
To contact your local network members send us an email