Prove it! was developed by nef (the new economics foundation) in partnership with Groundwork UK and Barclays PLC to provide a method for measuring the effects of community regeneration projects on the quality of life of local people. It was originally conceived as a handbook (guidance and templates for participatory exercises) to help those managing neighbourhood renewal projects to look beyond the physical and environmental changes that had taken place (e.g., the number of trees planted; amenities created) and be able to highlight some of the positive outcomes of regeneration that can often go un-reported, and therefore appear unnoticed.
Prove it! is best suited:
To help understand the effects of small or medium-sized projects, (as opposed to larger-scale regeneration programmes).
To look at the effects of projects that involve local people as workers, volunteers or beneficiaries.
To organisations concerned with local community involvement.
To those interested in evaluating a projectÛªs effect on social exclusion, social capital and other quality of life issues.
The Toolkit follows three steps: deciding what to measure with a Storyboard, collecting information with a Survey and looking back on what actually happened with a Project Reflection workshop.
Each step features worksheets and instructions for undertaking a range of participative evaluation exercises. A project manager can pick and choose from these materials to support their management, measurement and reporting activities throughout the project cycle.
In addition, two supporting documents have been created to provide help with evaluation planning and reporting.
The Prove It! Toolkit has been designed to help project managers evaluate their own projects. Sometimes we find that users of the Toolkit ask for help or advice in using the different elements of the methodology, and so nef consulting are happy to offer bespoke training and support if required.