Sciencewise programme evaluation
As part of the overall Sciencewise commitment to evaluation, there have been regular comprehensive evaluations of the programme's activities.
During 2013, it was agreed that it would be appropriate for a full independent evaluation to be undertaken of the Sciencewise programme 2012 - 2015. The aim of this evaluation was to examine the programme's activities, achievements and impacts, and to draw out lessons and opportunities for the future. Risk and Policy Analysts (RPA) were commissioned, through competitive tender, to undertake the evaluation and their final report was published in March 2015.
This full independent evaluation builds directly on the Theory of Change framework developed by Sciencewise during 2013 to guide future programme evaluation and strategic planning. The Theory of Change work involved a major participatory exercise involving the whole Sciencewise team to review Sciencewise activities and agree priorities for the coming year and beyond. The results of that process were taken directly into setting agreed priorities for Sciencewise strategic planning for 2014 - 2015, and provided a framework for evaluating progress against the agreed goals. A full report on the Theory of Change and strategic planning process was published in April 2014.
Both the Theory of Change and the independent evaluation (2015) built on earlier evaluation activities. The first evaluation of the Sciencewise programme as a whole (projects and programme activities) was undertaken during 2009 - 2010, primarily to review the activities of the programme from 2008 to 2010. However, as this was the first major review of the programme, it also covered the history and early activities of Sciencewise from its original launch in 2004, particularly in relation to the public dialogue projects funded by Sciencewise from the beginning. This report was published in May 2011.
A second programme evaluation was undertaken during 2011 - 2012, focused largely on the impacts and lessons from the projects completed since the previous evaluation report. That report was published in March 2013, together with a separate annex analysing the longer term impacts of the projects that had been identified during the course of this evaluation research.
A third internal programme evaluation was completed during 2013 - 2014. The report is currently being completed and will be available soon.