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.

BOLD About Dementia

Matter of Focus are delighted to be the evaluation partner for a significant investment from the Life Changes Trust, which has an ambition to make Scotland a place where people with dementia can flourish. We are working alongside the lead partners, Age Scotland, University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University, leading the evaluation process and supporting the team, their partners and persons living with dementia to use OutNav to evaluate their work.

Citadel Youth Centre

We worked 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 used 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

In 2018 we worked 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. They are now using OutNav to continually track their progress. 

In 2019 we started rolling out the approach with twelve of their member organisations to develop a collective approach to evidencing the contribution of community health organisations to reducing health inequalities in Edinburgh. These organisations are

  • Murrayfield Dementia Project
  • The Junction
  • The Ripple Project
  • Pilton Community Health Project
  • LGBT Health Living Centre
  • Volunteer Edinburgh
  • Wester Hailes Health Agency
  • Care4Carers
  • Health All Round
  • Edinburgh Community Food
  • Streetfit
  • Fresh Start

Edinburgh Long Term Conditions Service

Edinburgh Long Term Conditions Service provides support to people living at home with a long term condition. We have worked with them to map how their service contributes to improving outcomes for people. Three of the teams are using OutNav to learn, improve and monitor progress.

Future Pathways

Future Pathways offers help and support to people who were abused or neglected as children while they were living in care in Scotland. We are working with the organisation as a learning partner. We have worked with them to map their contribution to outcomes and use OutNav to track their progress. We also carried out a scoping study for them, engaging with their registrants and staff to understand how well the service is working, what can be improved as well as the difference they make. We also offer supervision to their researcher Melvina, who is based with us one day a week.   

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

We have been working alongside the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and the University of Edinburgh with the first global pathfinder city who have pledge to end violence against children – Valenzuela in the Philippines. We worked with the multi-stakeholder partnership to map how all the different stands of work will combine to help with their mission.

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 worked with teams within the ihub in Healthcare Improvement Scotland to test our software, OutNav, and help them 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.

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.

NHS Lothian House of Care

NHS Lothian House of Care is focused on working across the health and social care system to encourage and enable more person centred and preventative approaches. We have worked with them to map the contribution of different people in the system to achieving this. They are using OutNav to evaluate the specific work they are doing with GP practices and across the health and social care system.


Penumbra is a significant Mental Health Charity in Scotland. We are working with them to use our approach and OutNav to take a more strategic approach to learning, improving and telling the story of the difference they make. They bring considerable existing expertise in outcomes and have their own software tool IROC. We are excited to see how the two tools can complement each other to generate well evidenced understandings to inform decisions.

Police Scotland

We are supporting Police Scotland to build capacity to make better use of qualitative data for learning, improvement and performance management. We have run training for their analysts in qualitative data analysis for service improvement.

Public Health Reform – Scottish Government

Public Health Reform is a partnership between Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). We worked 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

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 worked 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 worked with them to help understand how they can work with outcomes, strategically and for specific programmes. We also helped them plan to build capacity for evaluation across the organisation.

Scottish Women’s Aid / The University of Edinburgh

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 Council

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)

We worked with the Tasting Change project, funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund and delivered by a partnership in Wester Hailes, to develop a robust monitoring and evaluation framework for the project.

Thistle Foundation

Our work with the Thistle Foundation has helped them to map how the work of the whole organisation contributes to improving outcomes for the people and communities they work. They are using our OutNav to help them systematically evidence key aspects of their work including training and funded projects.

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.