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?
- The lack of links between those involved in evaluation in the region: this reduced opportunities for local support and development and also made it harder for those who wanted evaluators to find them.
- The need expressed by many, from both the statutory and voluntary sectors, for support in doing and using evaluation.
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:
- enable useful linkages – among ourselves and with others
- increase evaluation capability in the area we cover
- advocate for good evaluation practice to funders and commissioners.
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.