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Edinburgh Community Health Forum

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Date produced: 19/03/2020
Date expires: 17/06/2021

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This report was generated by OutNav using the theory-based approach to evaluation pioneered by Matter of Focus.

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Edinburgh Community Health Forum

1. Background

About This Work

The ECHF Outcome Maps were developed in workshops with forum members and staff and refined in discussion with Development Worker Grace Mackenzie, Strategic Development Manager Stephanie-Anne, Current ECHF Chair Iain Stewart and EHSCP Funder Suzanne Lowden. The project was used as a pilot for the Outnav tool and led into the collective ECHF work and COVID-19 response. 

Methodological Approach

The work shown in this report has been carried out using the Matter of Focus approach. The Matter of Focus approach is a theory-based approach to outcome monitoring and evaluation, learning and improvement that builds on contribution analysis. In using the approach, we have gone through a logical and structured process of: 

Developing a theory of change for our project informed by an understanding of the context in which we operate.

Agreeing two outcome maps that show how we think our activities contribute to outcomes, and what needs to be in place to make this happen.

Identifying clear change mechanisms by which our project or programme works, these are shown in our pathways.

Developing a plan to gather data to understand whether or not we are making the progress towards outcomes we hope. This includes integrating current data and information we collect, as well as capturing data specifically for this purpose.

Systematically reviewing this data against each of the stepping stones for each pathway in the outcome map.

Summarising key findings against each of the stepping stones to tell our contribution story.

Edinburgh Community Health Forum

2. Our outcome map

What we do

Provide and co-ordinate tailored support, information and training

Champion and raise awareness about health inequalities and the role of the Forum in addressing this

Capture and represent forum member priorities for addressing health inequalities

Participate in and influence strategic planning at city wide and national levels

Who with

Forum members

Strategic planning partners

Funders

Strategic influencers

Everybody

How they feel

The forum is credible, accessible and worthwhile

What they learn and gain

Increased knowledge, confidence and skills to effectively manage their organisations

Collective and one to one support from forum members and staff

Strategic insights and confidence to advocate for their organisation and the communities they care about

Effective service delivery models, practical tools and best practice examples to inform their response to health inequalities

Increased awareness of and insight into the unique contribution of member organisations in addressing health inequalities

Increased awareness of the risks of not acting now to address health inequalities

What they do differently

Members form strong and enduring partnerships

Plan for the future and take action to improve their effectiveness

Advocate for and play their part in addressing health inequalities

People across the system work together and play their part in addressing health inequalities

Funders and strategic planning partners continue to fund and support member organisations in their work to address health inequalities

What difference does this make?

Member organisations are stronger, more resilient and more sustainable

Member organisations are better equipped to meet community needs

People have more opportunities to access support to live healthier lives

People experience better health and wellbeing

There is more appropriate and efficient use of resources across the health and social care system

Edinburgh Community Health Forum

3. Our pathways

Edinburgh Community Health Forum

4. Our risks and assumptions

Risks
  • In the context of continued austerity funders will not fund preventative work
  • Forum members face many competing priorities and not all are equally well placed to benefit from membership
  • The local planning structures are under development. It is hard to know how and where to best influence the strategic agenda
Assumptions
  • Strategic funders, planners and influencers recognise the need to invest and act now to make a difference to peoples' lives
  • Strategic planners, influencers and funders believe that addressing health inequalities is important to meet wider strategic priorities
  • The support provided by the forum is timely and relevant

Edinburgh Community Health Forum

5. Supporting forum members Pathway progress

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Progress
Some
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Progress
High Confidence
Some Confidence
Low Confidence

This image shows a high-level summary of how well the project is progressing and how confident the team is in the evidence. The key shows how the colour coding works.

See the standards against which progress and evidence have been assessed.

Edinburgh Community Health Forum

6. Supporting forum members Detailed findings

What we do
Who with
How they feel
What they learn and gain
What they do differently
What difference does this make?

Provide and co-ordinate tailored support, information and training

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

Each year the ECHF coordinate a minimum of 8 Forum Meetings. 

Agenda items from members tend to lean to one of two main themes: funding (in all forms) and evaluation. In 2020 the focus was somewhat different due to COVID-19 pressures. 

The National Agenda (of community action) is covered by CHEX regularly. Members regularly showcase their organisation and services to encourage collaboration.  

In addition we invitee a number of guest speakers to talk about topics to support members such as: Voluntary Sector Forums, Social Prescribing, Third Sector Volunteering Strategy, ASH Scotland's Charter for a Smoke Free Scotland, Cancer Support Scotland. The evaluation of different meeting elements over the year can be seen below. 

Within 2020 there were nine leadership development opportunists with an average attendance of 17 members. These were organised as per members needs from the Annual Survey and ongoing dialogue. Topics over the past year included:

Getting the most from your board

  • Transition Planning
  • Planning Post COVID
  • Collective Evaluation 
  • Action Learning Set 3
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Using Outcomes to address Health Inequalities
  • Managing Change 
  • Leading Culture

In previous years the opportunities have covered:

  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Business Planning and Strategy
  • GDPR
  • Defusing Conflict
  • Corporate Partnership
  • Contracts and Written Statements
  • Food Hygiene 
  • First Aid.

Since late 2019 there was a shift change in the training strategy where we shifted to leadership development' of the members themselves; rather than their staff teams. 

Further, we also provided subsidised coaching to the group, ran two rounds of Action Learning sets  and designed and delivered a bespoke leadership event. This was in conjunction with a high profile local organisational development consultancy specialising in health inequality and community work.

In our annual survey we asked the following question: 

"The Forum aims to provide relevant, co-ordinated tailored training, support and information to your organisation." 

93% of members rated us 'Very Good' to 'Excellent'. 

80% of respondents had attended at least one development opportunity over the year, with all of those believing they were valuable to their organisation.

Some of the things our members say about us: 

"Really enjoyed this event. Really appreciate ECHF support in making it happen"

"I find the forum helpful and supportive. It's also a good place for information and to feel that you're being represented. It's a meeting which I am happy to prioritise."

"The training needs identified were appropriate, and the content was insightful"

"Great training opportunities and peer support"

"The forum has provided professional development, personal support and peer connections at the most crucial times."

"Our organisation has benefited from training advertised or provided through the forum."

"I always try to prioritise coming to forum meetings as it is a helpful place to come - to get support, information and to network. It's unique and I appreciate it."

"The training, support and information provided by the Forum continues to evolve and improve. It manages to be relevant, well tailored to its audiences and timely."

"The forum is a great support for networking and learning!"

 



What we do
Who with
How they feel
What they learn and gain
What they do differently
What difference does this make?

Forum members

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

The forum membership has increased year on year since 2017. Membership currently totals 41 organisations, which is a 33% increase since 2019/20. 

Forum members are a mix of charities, SCIOs and social enterprises. They vary in size and by location across Edinburgh. Whilst the exact work they do varies, all members work using a community development approach to address health inequalities. Some areas where work may happen are: healthy eating, social isolation, mental health, digital inclusion and building community capacity. 

To promote good engagement - both with members and with key stakeholders in the communities - the forum made a move to rotating the meeting venue. Average meeting attendance has steadily increased; from 14 in 2017 to 16 in 2018 and 20 in 2020. During 2020 we made a move to online meetings which may also have contributed to the increased numbers. 

A regular newsletter is sent out. During 2020 this was read on average by 80% of members. This is a high uptake by comparison to the wider sector . 

The new website (launched in late 2018) allows us feature articles worthy of sharing to the wider network and allow us and our members to raise their profile and work. During 2020 there were 1928 unique visits which is an increase of 40% on the previous year. 

In terms of social media, twitter is our most active channel. Follower growth rose 46% to 400 in 2020. This is likely to do with the increase engagement on the channel since there was an increase of tweet volume by 36%. Facebook has been a less popular channel but could pick up with more resource should that be helpful to the membership. 

Each year the annual survey highlights which areas the membership feel that we do well and would like us to focus on for the coming year. In 2020 our top three were: 

  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Championing Health Inequalities work

Peer Support, Professional Development, Championing a Community Development Approach, Strategic Influencing and Evaluation also rate highly. 

The lowest three which potentially requiring some attention from the board are; 

  • Visibility
  • Policy Development
  • Research

Here is a snippet of feedback from one of our newer members: 

"I wanted to 'Thank You' for all your help and support this year especially. Little groups like us with just one member of staff ie me, really needed the support and you guys were truly a Godsend"

What we do
Who with
How they feel
What they learn and gain
What they do differently
What difference does this make?

The forum is credible, accessible and worthwhile

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

Members engagement continues to rise which is evident by increasing numbers at meetings, an increase in collaborative work with each other, the number of requests and informal feedback the team receives and continued participation in our annual survey. 

Here is what some of our members say: 

"I believe that the Forum has developed into an essential and invaluable support for all of the members. There has never been better relationships with funders in my 10 years experience of being part of the Forum. Given the funding climate at the moment the Forum provides managers with an opportunity to share experiences and support each other. Many members have said to me how valuable the Forum is to them. There is no other Forum or network providing the support to community health projects in the city. The new website will be helpful and the outcome focus work has been excellent."

"The Forum has provided support to us as an organisation in so many ways: communication; information; evaluation and grant applications not to mention peer support.  I think the network and help provided is invaluable - particularly for a small organisation such as ours."

"I feel the Forum is the most beneficial meeting that I attend thoughout the year."

"ECHF is an essential service for all managers of projects addressing health inequalities, particularly helpful for new managers."

"The passion, enthusiasm, skills and knowledge I have seen over the past year has shifted the way I think about the forum and engage with it.  I attend alot of different forums and networks due to the cross over of our work with young people and health and I believe you are offering something different and valuable.  Before I struggled to see how the funding could be justified for the forum - however now I see how important and invaluable it is as it enables services capacity and effectiveness to deal with important pertinent issues without taking away from service delivery and making projects more efficient."


What we do
Who with
How they feel
What they learn and gain
What they do differently
What difference does this make?

Increased knowledge, confidence and skills to effectively manage their organisations

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

As part of our Annual Survey we ask the members directly:  'Do you feel that the forum give you increased knowledge, confidence and skills to effectively manage your organisation?' 73% say that the feel strongly about this whilst 13% think this is somewhat the case. 

We receive informal feedback often after a meeting or event which we collate. One such example is here: 

Here is a further snapshot of what our members say: 

"Thank you so much for this opportunity, part  of what equips us is things like this and I think that the Forum is important and unique in providing this "

"I really appreciate the Forum's role in joint training and imparting information on what is happening at a City level. being able to network with other community health organisations is also extremely helpful."

"Thank You for all that you provide. I think the forum is proactive and thinks of unique, sustainable solutions to issues that exist across a lot of its members"

"Thank you for training and support my organisation and I received this year. It was exactly what we required."

"You are doing a really great job keeping us all informed and linked in."

"I think you are doing a great job - excellent training programme, well run meetings and an obvious commitment to doing the best you can to support organisations in the Forum. "

"I really appreciate the information you send us which keeps me up to date."

"Just a quick note to thank you for arranging the training yesterday - it was excellent!  Seems a really good idea to tprovide training as a partnership approach. Also wanted to say your leaflet looks great - so informative and colourful!"

"Thanks for all the information. It was clear and concise and easy to read. Really didn’t take long and very informative."

Collective and one to one support from forum members and staff

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

Keeping in touch with the membership is pivotal in linking members together for various reasons including sharing of resources. Often organisations are busy with service delivery and not able to look at the wider network. 

The forum team quickly made the decision to rotate the venues for meetings since this would provide members to connect and share work and this has proved successful with an increase in meeting attendance and 74% of members wishing this to continue. 

87% of members reported that they felt (strongly or somewhat) that they received collective support from the forum and forum staff. This is reflected in qualitative feedback also: 

"I find the peer support and networking opportunities fantastic within the forum"

"Stephanie-Ann and Grace are a welcoming, flexible and supportive working partnership who have increased the Forum's profile, updated the Social Media side of things and offered a really inclusive and collaborative approach to all members."

"Thank you to you both for really trying to understand and develop the forum to make it easier to engage and develop working relationships with others.  Both your passion, enthusiasm, skills and knowledge have shifted the way I think about the forum and engage with it."

The day to day work within 2020 changed somewhat with the pressures of COVID. However the ECHF team organised drop in sessions as well as securing some rapid funding to distribute to members. The team keep track of meeting attendance and set up dedicated opportunities to catch up with those who have not made it along in a while or are disengaging. 

Coming into 2021 we expect that the new development worker will take the time to meet all the members as part of the induction process. 


Strategic insights and confidence to advocate for their organisation and the communities they care about

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

Meetings are held regularly and agenda items are set by the current landscape and member priorities, to remain pertinent and relevant.

Prior to 2017 much of the agenda could be fairly insular, focussed on the work of the members themselves. Whilst this is certainly interesting, it was not the best use of time and expertise in the room and so there has been a shift to talking at a more strategic level. 

Agenda priorities over 17/18 included the new locality structure, GP link workers and the changing grants landscape. The latter in particular led to more discussion and work around how organisations business plan, strategise and evaluate. 

Into 18/19 the focus on grants continued and we invested a lot of time into evaluation and in particular a collective evaluation framework. Other relevant topics during this year included settled status, funding streams, community planning. winter pressures and the restructuring of public health. 

19/20 took us largely into COVID territory and the ECHF was a reliable communication channel at a frenetic time. Over this year the focus was on PPE, carers, emergency food provision, HR, the furlough scheme and to carry out a collective COVID response evaluation. 

We asked the members  how they felt about the following statement: "The Forum gives strategic insights and confidence to help me advocate for my organisation / communities I care about" to which 73% felt strongly and 13% felt that this was somewhat the case; a sharp rise on the previous year's figures. 

What members say: 

(we are) "better informed on health inequalities issues and organisations/ policies tackling these in Edinburgh"

"I feel much more infomed about health and social care integration and the Funding Review. This enables me to speak with confidence and authority at local meetings and to keep staff informed." 

"The forum helps me because there is such a mixture of organisations and strategic leads at the table and I find it really current, on top of the issues. I feel like I am getting strategic and planning information in a timely fashion and that isn’t the case with other forums."

"Discussions at forum meetings on strategic developments has widened my knowledge and influenced my thinking & decision making regarding development within my organisation "


What we do
Who with
How they feel
What they learn and gain
What they do differently
What difference does this make?

Members form strong and enduring partnerships

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

Over the past year, many of our member organisations had to collaborate in order to respond to COVID. 87% agree that strong and enduring partnerships can be formed within the network. 67% feel strongly that this is the case which is compared with 35% the previous year. 

When we asked what organisations had done differently as a result of the forum; here were some replies:

"The forum has provided professional development, personal support and peer connections at the most crucial times."

"ECHF opportunities have given me an understanding of (other member) challenges and scope to do more joint working"

"Yes, the ECHF has strengthened partnerships, it is great to connect and share common issues / be inventive" 

"The Forum has created the opportunity to develop partnerships with other organisation or in areas where didnt happen previously. Also created the opportunity for 1:1 support between members."

"We work in partnership with The Health Agency to increase physical activity levels across South West Edinburgh. This enables us to work at strategic level."

"Partnership working with another organisation would not have happened without being a member of the forum."

 "ECHF is a way to connect with peers to get and give support"

Plan for the future and take action to improve their effectiveness

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

We asked our members how they felt about the following statement: 

"The ECHF can help me to plan for the future and take action to improve my effectiveness"

93% of respondents agreed, while 67% felt that this was strongly the case; an increase of 24% on the previous year. This in an encouraging trend which could be attributed to our continued focus on funding, evaluation, partnership working and leadership development. 

We also asked our members how they felt about the following: 

"I feel that the ECHF gives me increased knowledge, confidence and skills to effectively manage my organisation"

87% agree and 73% felt that this was strongly the case. 

We hosted bespoke leadership development opportunities again in 2020. Focussing heavily on leading culture and managing change, they aimed to provide a forward thinking toolkit to leaders. Some example feedback can be seen on the informal post it notes captured between two sessions:

When asked directly if the leadership development provided tools for the future, the answer was overwhelmingly 'yes:'

  • Yes, going to try to use 6 month plan and learn and hopefully use responsibility chart to many delegated tasks
  • Yes, plenty of change tools
  • Yes, loved the true north. Thinking through paradox and balance
  • Yes, I have planned actions for nearest month and will be able to use some tools in the future
  • Change framework. Self care tools. V interesting reading
  • Yes, exercises, thought processes, time line. 
  • Yes, advice from others in the team
  • Yes many, all will be revisited. Thanks for the handouts. 

Some more general member feedback over the year included:

"Thanks to the training I was able to plan better for the future of my organisation."

"We have reviewed our recruitment approaches as a result of the forum training, really helpful."

"We adapted our evaluation accordingly within the organisation as a result of the forum."

"The ECHF supported me in the development of a communications policy and new website as well as embracing the use of social media.  I also attended when I was managing a project that wasn't in receipt of HI funding but was able to secure funding when the fund reopened to new applicants and I feel our membership of the Forum was key to our success."

"We evaluate our services differently as a result of the forum."

" I was much more relaxed about GDPR and the grants process and used the training and sessions to support my staff better"

Advocate for and play their part in addressing health inequalities

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: Some

For the first time in our annual survey, all of our members surveyed believe that we understand and champion health inequalities with 67% believing strongly that this was the case. 93% agree that we have a clear voice at a strategic level and have confidence in us to represent them.

We asked our members if they thought that the ECHF could help them to advocate for and play their part in addressing health inequalities. 67% responded 'Yes' that they feel strongly about this and 27% felt that this was somewhat the case. 

The collective work in response to the COVID pandemic is a great example of how the forum can advocate at a strategic level. This work has been highly regarded and has gained traction with local and national peers and strategic influencers in terms of health inequality work going forward. 


What we do
Who with
How they feel
What they learn and gain
What they do differently
What difference does this make?

Member organisations are stronger, more resilient and more sustainable

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

During our annual survey 80% felt that member organisations are stronger, more resilient and more sustainable as a result of being a member. All of our members agree that the ECHF provides a mechanism to share resources and work more efficiently.  

Some comments included: 

"The leadership development session reduced my anxiety and gave me a host of several tools"

"I am a better leader/manager at a time of change as a result of formal and informal support I have received via the Forum"

"We are always stronger together - ECHF provides joint information, voice and presence for community health initiatives in the City. Our organisation very much values the forum and its work on behalf of our organsiation and others."

"I have felt the work of this forum around GDPR and the Grants process in particular has been invaluable; not only in aiding my understanding but supporting me with anxiety in task that can leave you quite isolated as a leader, where you are expected to have all the answers."

"As a result of the ECHF we have stronger procedures and practice in terms of HR and data protection"

"The ECHF has created the opportunity to develop partnerships with other organisation or in areas where didnt happen previously."

"I believe that the Forum has developed into an essential and invaluable support for all of the members. There has never been better relationships with funders in my 10 years experience of being part of the Forum. Given the funding climate at the moment the Forum provides managers with an opportunity to share experiences and support each other. Many members have said to me how valuable the Forum is to them.."

Member organisations are better equipped to meet community needs

Progress: Some
Confidence in Evidence: Some

Since 2018 we have been building up skills in outcome evaluation within the membership. In 2021 we will continue to support this framework to record and celebrate the impact of their work in a meaningful way. 

Now we have seen the approach filter out to member organisation we can see the link between a strong collaborative approach on 'service users' more clearly. The collective contribution of forum members outcome map paints a picture of the breath of services across the city. The methodology is now being considered by strategic stakeholders as a new approach to evaluation which gives confidence that we are ahead of the curve in using this method. 

Some things the members say about OutNav provision through ECHF:

"We are now using Outnav to demonstrate the work of our project - works really well"

"Trying out new evaluation techniques. Able to provide new resources for local people."

"For me it's more that I feel confident that I am not going to miss out on the things that are on the horizon - the introduction of tools like outnav have been beneficial"

"We have completely revamped our evaluation and my thinking around it in the organisation due to our engagement in OutNav with the forum"

People have more opportunities to access support to live healthier lives

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: High

Data collected here forms part of the wider HI evaluation piece of work and includes case studies from the communities themselves. 

What follows is a small snapshot of some comments from member service users.

The help from FreshStart allowed Luke to settle into his new home and the volunteers benefitted from feeling more connected to their community, developed skills and gained confidence in interacting with others.

“My life has changed hugely since joining HAR. My life feels like it is on the path I was side tracked from.  I have gained my self worth and confidence again. I would never have thought my life would be so good one year ago. HAR are such a joy to volunteer for.”

"I can honestly say that without the support of the team of professionals I was fortunate to meet during the past year I could not have embarked on the journey of healing and can now look forward to the future. HAR is a key example of how professionals, organisations, agencies, community support groups, medical and legal professionals can work together to support people in need."

“I enjoyed walking back home along the canal, which I didn't do before the challenge.  Taking part raised my awareness of my fitness level and encouraged me to be more active, which has continued after the challenge."

"What helped me as a person to overcome my fears were the various trainings that were held at NKS about how to handle fear, stigma, and the possible challenges one could face, and how to stand up to them.  It was all very educational. During the confidence building class I heard of stories of how people overcome their issues that relate to fitting into society, so yes, all helped. Now I see life from a different perspective."

"I used to cook ready meals and convenience food all the time; it wasn’t very healthy and it was expensive too. But then I joined the cooking classes at Fresh Start. They really helped me plan my meals and make my money go further – I am now spending a lot less on my messages.  I buy and cook more vegetables and I am a lot more adventurous with my food choices."

"If I couldn't work out with my baby at the buggygroup I then I would definitely be less active as childcare is hard for me to find."

"BuggyGym has helped me physically and my wellbeing, it motivates me and gives me a positive outlook. I have noticed my strength has definitely improved. I am a lot stronger and I have more stamina. It has really benefitted me , I feel so much fitter and stronger and positive."

This project has made a huge difference to me and my family s health, in the weaning classes I have not only learned about weaning but about different healthy foods and how to cook them. The recipes were very tasty and all the family enjoyed them. The knowledge gained in the class is very valuable to my family's health and I am glad I had the chance to attend those classes in my community."

People experience better health and wellbeing

Progress: Great
Confidence in Evidence: Some

Once again, data collected here forms part of the wider HI evaluation piece of work and includes case studies from the communities themselves; not the ECHF.  What follows is a very small snapshot of some recent comments from member service users on how they are experiencing better health and wellbeing.

"I feel more connected to my community"

"Just started weaning my 6 months old and have put much more focus on veggies. When it comes time to introduce grains I will be using a wider variety. I will also be introducing my older boys to different family meals. Really enjoyed cooking session."

"Was Great Cooking with my daughter at Nursery and was a really great workshop as my daughter tried new foods."

“I was really needing some form of community when I approached the organisation looking for a group to go to that could connect people like me who were coming out later in life. I was encouraged to start my own group, and a great deal of effort and hard work went into helping me pull it off. LGBT Health is an amazing resource, and I feel so blessed to have had their help in all the stages of my coming out, and the support in helping me get the New Beginnings group started. 

"I am so happy, I know I can make my own money and not just be dependent on my husband to provide for me and my kids."

"I like the westernized lentil soup because it is easy and healthy for my family"

"I feel less isolated"

"I don't know what I'd done without you being there, thank you" -  a woman after her difficult family relationships had ended.

"Thank you - I didn't know where else to turn, I just needed the space to talk" - a male on not being able to access an emergency GP app

"You’re easy to talk to - I've never spoke about these things before not even my doctor" - a woman as she reflects on her past life's difficulties

“I like this project. I feel more involved my community”

"I am more able to participate in community activities"

"I find the project very useful due to that helps me to make new friendships, and speak with people who otherwise I wouldn't be speaking and meeting."

‘The main point is that I met a lot of wonderful people here. It helps me building my ‘family’ here.’

‘I love this group and meeting people.’

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7. Supporting forum members Sources and Success Criteria

This table lists the sources of evidence and success criteria that we have referred to whilst developing the analysis presented in this report.

What we do

Stepping Stone

Source

Provide and co-ordinate tailored support, information and training

ECHF Summary Stats

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Team reflections

Success Criteria

Description of number and nature of support / information/ training activities

Percentage of survey respondents who say the support we provide is very good or excellent

Summary of what people say about the support you provide

Who with

Stepping Stone

Source

Forum members

ECHF Summary Stats

Success Criteria

Engagement level of forum members

Number and type of social media contacts

Number and types of forum members

Number of people reading newsletters

How they feel

Stepping Stone

Source

The forum is credible, accessible and worthwhile

Informal member feedback

Member Survey 17-18

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Survey 19-20

Success Criteria

Summary of survey responses

What members say about the forum

What they learn and gain

Stepping Stone

Source

Increased knowledge, confidence and skills to effectively manage their organisations

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Team reflections

Success Criteria

% of forum members who report that the forum increases their knowledge, confidence and skills

Description of changes in knowledge, confidence and skills reported by members

Collective and one to one support from forum members and staff

ECHF Summary Stats

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Success Criteria

% of respondents who say that being part of the forum brings them support

Member Visits

Number of Meetings and Member Visits

Strategic insights and confidence to advocate for their organisation and the communities they care about

ECHF Summary Stats

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Team reflections

Success Criteria

Member views on strategic insights and confidence to advocate for their organisation and communities

Relevant Agenda Items

Survey Question: The forum gives me strategic insights and confidence to help me advocate for my org

What they do differently

Stepping Stone

Source

Members form strong and enduring partnerships

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Team reflections

Success Criteria

% of member organisations who report forming stronger and more enduring partnerships

Collaboration Infograph

Description of what partners are doing differently

Member Views

Plan for the future and take action to improve their effectiveness

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Team reflections

Success Criteria

Member views on how they plan for the future and improve effectiveness

Survey Q: The ECHF can help me to plan for the future and take action to improve my effectiveness

Advocate for and play their part in addressing health inequalities

Blog Posts

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Team reflections

Success Criteria

Member views on how they advocate for and play their part in addressing health inequalities

Survey Q: ECHF can help me to advocate for and play my part in addressing health inequalities

What difference does this make?

Stepping Stone

Source

Member organisations are stronger, more resilient and more sustainable

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Survey 17-18

Member Survey 18/19, 19/20

Member Visits

Team reflections

Success Criteria

Information from forum members on what they are doing differently as a result of the ECHF

Views of Forum members on the difference our input has made

Member organisations are better equipped to meet community needs

Blog Posts

Informal member feedback

Meeting Evaluation

Member Case Studies

Member Visits

Success Criteria

Member views on their ability to meet community need

People have more opportunities to access support to live healthier lives

Blog Posts

Member Case Studies

Member Visits

Success Criteria

Member views on their community having more support opoortunities

People experience better health and wellbeing

Blog Posts

Informal member feedback

Member Case Studies

Member Visits

Success Criteria

Member views on the work they do and how they improve better health & wellbeing in their communities

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8. Our evidence standards

Progress ratings

Progress Statement
Criteria

Great progress

  • Enough people and groups experience this in the timescale you have defined
  • Risks have been mitigated and assumptions achieved

Some progress

  • Some people and groups experience this in the timescale you have defined
  • Some risks have been mitigated and some assumptions achieved

No progress

  • Not enough people and groups experience this in the timescale you have defined
  • Risks have not been mitigated and assumptions found to be unrealistic

Confidence ratings

Confidence assessment
Criteria

High confidence

Most of these criteria apply

  • more than one source of evidence with appropriate balance of types
  • evidence collected purposefully and for this purpose
  • reasonable number of responses
  • no disagreement between evidence sources
  • backed up by other research
  • analysis is clear and purposeful (someone else could replicate and get broadly the same results)

Some confidence

Some of these criteria apply

  • more than one source of evidence with appropriate balance of types of evidence
  • evidence is collected purposefully and for this purpose
  • reasonable number of responses
  • no disagreement between evidence sources
  • backed up by other research
  • analysis is clear and purposeful (someone else could replicate and get broadly the same results)

And / or

  • there is some disagreement or lack of clarity of the findings
  • the data is mostly gathered opportunistically

Low confidence

Few of the above criteria apply AND / OR

  • there is disagreement within the data
  • assessments are based solely on an individual's perspectives

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Date produced: 19/03/2020
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