Matthew Baumann Associates
Advice on the Evaluation of Youth Endowment Fund's Neighbourhood Fund
The YEF is funding a place based programme in 5 areas to tackle children's involvement in violent crime. I supported YEF to develop their approach to working with local projects to evaluate the programme (April 2022 - July 2022)
Advice on the evaluation of The Health Foundation's Inclusion Panel
The Health Foundation (THF) commissioned 'Community Bridges to evaluate their Inclusion Panel. The inclusion Panel was set up in summer 2020 and aims to contribute to THF's aims to mainstream and embed diversity and inclusion (D&I) across the organisation and to improve the ability of THF's research to better represent different communities and people with different backgrounds. I was approached by THF to provide advice to the team delivering the evaluation as it sought to develop and deliver an evaluation framework for the panel (April - Sept 2021).
Designing the evaluation of Defra's Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot
The Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme is one of 3 schemes being developed to encourage environmental land management. The other schemes are Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery. The Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme will reward farmers for managing their land in an environmentally sustainable way. The pilot is in its early stages - over 2,000 farmers submitted expressions of interest earlier in 2021 and were invited to apply to take part. The full scheme will launch in 2022, initially for farmers in England who currently get payments under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). I worked with ICF Consulting, Fera and the University of Exeter and with Defra staff to collaboratively design the evaluation framework including detailed theory of change and evaluation questions (Nov 2020 - March 2021).
Scoping the Whole House Retrofit Evaluation (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS))
The whole House Retrofit programme is part of BEIS' Energy Innovation Programme which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes into the 2020s and 2030s. I worked with Technopolis Ltd to develop programme and project level theories of change, and scope evaluation purposes, questions, data / data collection and suitable evaluation methods (January - June 2020)
Evaluation Framework for the Nature Strategy 2020-2030 (Department for the Environment Food and Agricultural Affairs (Defra))
Defra's 10 year Nature Strategy will articulate the many ways in which Defra funding and encouraging action to tackle the drivers of biodiversity loss and nurture resilience for the future. I worked with ICF Consulting Ltd and ICF associates, College of Ecology and Hydrology, and Centre for Evaluation of Complexity at the Nexus (CECAN) to design an evaluation framework to underpin the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the strategy and its key programmes (November 2020 - May 2021)
Theory of Change Tool (Defra)
Defra commissioned Technopolis Ltd and CECAN to produce a bespoke Theory of Change (ToC) tool that could be appiled in the complex policy arena that Defra operates in - supporting both robust policy design and the design of policy evaluations. This tool will enable Defra evaluation teams to develop strong causal frameworks for evidencing and assessing policy processes and impacts in support of the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan. I worked closely with the team to design the tool (December 2020 - June 2021).
Industrial Fuel Switching and Hydrogen production Evaluations (BEIS)
These two innovation programmes aim to develop, demonstrate and reduce the cost of fuel switching and hydrogen production, storage and supply. They are part of the BEIS’ Energy Innovation Programme (EIP) which aims to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and the cost of decarbonisation, by accelerating the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes into the 2020’s and 2030s. I worked with CAG Consultants to develop the evaluation framework for these evaluations (2021).