Standards of Evidence Guide

Published28th August 2014

‰ÛÏStandards of evidence‰Û refers to how confident we can be that findings from service evaluations are accurate? This is a complex issue on which ‰ÛÒ ultimately ‰ÛÒ there is no consensus (academics will continue to debate the issue long into the future). But, to put it succinctly, higher standards of evidence are achieved through investing in more sophisticated research designs and adopting good practice from research methodology.

For Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, the key question is not about how to achieve the highest standard of evidence possible, but to determine what is; a) realistic given time and resource constraints ; and b) appropriate for the stakeholders you want to engage.

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