Clinks have developed a set of evaluation tools for volunteering projects run by VCSE organisations working around the Criminal Justice System.
These tools adapt sections of the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT), which is produced by the Institute for Volunteering Research, research wing of Volunteering England. The original VIAT is intended for use by all kinds of volunteer-involving organisations in all sectors of work. Clinks have adapted those generic tools specifically for use by organisations that work with offenders and their families.
Clinks have created additional resources that can be used alongside those provided in the original VIAT. These are referred to by filename in the list below:
Four questionnaires targeted at different stakeholder groups:
Questionnaire ÛÒ peer volunteers.xlsx
Questionnaire ÛÒ service users.xlsx
Questionnaire ÛÒ staff.xlsx
Questionnaire ÛÒ volunteers.xlsx
Four interview schedules that can be used to gather qualitative information, also targeted at the same four stakeholder groups:
Interview and focus group schedule ÛÒ peer volunteers.xlsx
Interview and focus group schedule ÛÒ service users.xlsx
Interview and focus group schedule ÛÒ staff.xlsx
Interview and focus group schedule ÛÒ volunteers.xlsx
Four spreadsheets to analyse questionnaire data, as well as one template spreadsheet to allow you to analyse questions you have written yourself:
Analysis sheet ÛÒ peer volunteers questionnaire.xlsx
Analysis sheet ÛÒ service users questionnaire.xlsx
Analysis sheet ÛÒ staff questionnaire.xlsx
Analysis sheet ÛÒ volunteers questionnaire.xlsx
A spreadsheet to help analyse qualitative data from the interviews:
Analysis sheet ÛÒ interviews and focus groups.xlsx
These resources are intended to be used with the original VIAT ÛÒ to supplement it, rather
than replace it. If you are thinking of conducting a volunteering impact assessment using
the original VIAT, they will give you more options to choose from when gathering, analysing and presenting data.
YouÛªre free to use these resources on their own, but we strongly recommend that if you are interested in using them, you should purchase a VIAT from Volunteering England (see www.volunteering.org.uk). It will help you to think through the things you want to assess, as well as showing you how to plan and conduct the assessment.