Recently I was at the same event as Jackie Killeen, Director of the Big Lottery in Scotland. It was great to hear her say this:
“At BIG we have some positive experience of being able to find and utilise evidence to inform both our priorities and our funding approach. For example, our recent funding programme to support victims of domestic abuse saw us use evaluation findings on effective approaches to helping women and children affected by domestic abuse, and fund the roll-out of these approaches into many more areas. We think this is a good way of replicating proven examples of good practice.” See more here.
She was talking about the Cedar evaluation. We’re delighted that the evaluation evidence was useful for the funders – and doubly delighted that it was also useful at the time for those who were implementing the programme.