We are fortunate to work with a range of inspiring and pioneering organisations who have outcomes at the heart of what they do. Here is a brief taste of some of those projects.
Citadel Youth Centre
We are working with the Citadel Youth Centre to help them track the progress of their innovative families project, which targets vulnerable families through a universal approach. They are using OutNav to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work with parents to the Big Lottery Fund.
Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative – Scottish Government
We are working with the Scottish Government’s Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) to develop an evaluation framework that shows how the work of the CYPIC contributes to improving outcomes for children and young people in Scotland. They are using OutNav as a platform on which to hold, coordinate and track progress.
Edinburgh Community Health Forum
We are working with Edinburgh Community Health Forum to develop a robust and sustainable monitoring framework that enables them to learn, improve the tell the story of the difference the work of the forum makes. We will also develop a robust and sustainable framework to underpin the monitoring of the Health Inequalities Grant Programme.
Future Pathways offers help and support to people who were abused or neglected as children while they were living in care in Scotland. We have helped them establish an outcomes framework for the programme, and devise measures that will enable them to understand and demonstrate the difference they make.
Health Technology Wales
We are working with Health Technology Wales to help them map and track their strategic, national approach to the identification, appraisal and adoption of new health technologies into health and care settings across NHS Wales. They are using OutNav to help understand how their recommendations are put into practice to improve patient outcomes.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
We have been working with Healthcare Improvement Scotland to test our software, OutNav, and help some teams develop a more co-ordinated approach to outcome monitoring, particularly for complex programmes of work. This has helped us understand more about how clients might use the different functionality of OutNav to share learning and good evaluation practice across larger organisations.
Know Violence in Childhood Global Learning Initiative
Launched in New Delhi in November 2014, the Know Violence in Childhood Global Learning Initiative was established by multilateral institutions, non-governmental organisations and funding agencies concerned about the global impact of violence in childhood and the lack of investment in effective violence prevention strategies.
We worked with Know Violence on an evaluation of the outcomes they achieved, and to develop a framework for embedding and extending outcomes through the work of the Global Partnership to end Violence Against Children.
Life Changes Trust
Matter of Focus are delighted to be the evaluation partner for this significant investment from the Life Changes Trust. We will be working alongside the lead partners, Age Scotland, University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University, leading the evaluation process and supporting school and forum members to use OutNav to evaluate their work
NHS Detect Cancer Early Team
As part of the national Detect Cancer Early Programme the NHS Lothian team is looking at how to reduce inequalities in cancer detection for people with learning disabilities and women from ethnic minority groups. We are working with the NHS Lothian Detect Cancer Early team to track their progress towards these outcomes.
NHS Education Scotland
We are supporting the evaluation of 14 projects funded by the Scottish Government to support the implementation of the Carers Act. The projects are being carried out by NHS Boards and are piloting approaches to improving the involvement of unpaid carers in hospital discharge. Matter of Focus is supporting the projects to run their own evaluations using OutNav, as well as drawing together learning across the projects.
NHS Lothian Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Service (MEHIS)
We are working with Lothian Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Service to develop an outcome focused evaluation framework that they can use to tell a robust story about the contribution of their work to reducing health inequalities for people from BME communities, asylum seekers and refugees.
Public Health Reform – Scottish Government
Public Health Reform is a partnership between Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). We are working with them to develop an outcomes framework that shows how the work of the Public Health Reform Programme will contribute to improving population health in Scotland, alongside other actors.
Reeltime Music aims to bring about a positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people. They do this through the provision of affordable recording and rehearsal services; workshops and training; volunteering; and partnership projects. We are working with them to set up and implement a robust monitoring and evaluation framework across the organisation that links their activities to their outcomes.
Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. We are working with them to develop and implement a robust monitoring and evaluation framework across the organisation, that helps demonstrate how their programmes reach these outcomes.
Scottish Women’s Aid
We are working with Scottish Women’s Aid to establish and conduct an evaluation of the EU Daphne funded Justice and Child Contact Project in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. The project is focusing on improving children’s rights in the context of domestic abuse in four EU countries. OutNav will help to understand and share learning between these countries about what is working well.
Scotland’s National Arts & Early Years organisation, Starcatchers is using OutNav to track progress of their Creative Kin programme for kinship carers and children. They have an ambition to spread this learning and use the approach across all of their programmes and projects to understand and demonstrate the difference they make to the lives of young children age 0-5 and the adults who care for them.
Stirling and Clackmannanshire are working with the Living Well in Communities team of Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) to develop and evaluate a new model of care, inspired by the Dutch nurse-led Buurtzorg model. We are working with them to evaluate this programme of work in terms of its impacts on participants and the wider system. The work is being carried out over two phases with support from the Improvement Associate, in collaboration with HIS colleagues.
Tasting Change (Wester Hailes)
Matter of Focus has worked with the Tasting Change project, funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund and delivered by a partnership in Wester Hailes. with key stakeholders to develop a robust monitoring and evaluation framework for the Tasting Change project.
Our work with the Thistle Foundation has helped them to map their approach to improving outcomes for people at a strategic level. They are using our OutNav approach to create a system for demonstrating how their work achieves better lives for the people they support.
UNICEF Global Kids Online
We are conducting an impact study of the Global Kids Online (GKO) research programme for the London School of Economics and UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, using the OutNav approach. The Matter of Focus team, assisted by Alexandra Ipince from UNICEF Innocenti, will collate existing evidence and feedback and interview key stakeholders to capture information on the impacts of the project over the last three years.