Evaluation and Monitoring service

In order to obtain funding for vital services it is necessary to provide evidence of both need and impact to commissioners and funding organisations.

Maldon and District CVS’s Evaluation and Monitoring service can offer research support to organisations to assist them in carrying out their monitoring and evaluation requirements


MDCVS can offer advice, information and guidance on existing research tools, methods, analysis and any practical aspects of your existing monitoring and evaluation process with the aim of refining your data collection tools and methods, making the most of your research results and report writing. Your organisation can have access to research advice for as few or as many hours as you feel is required for your project in agreement with MDCVS. This can be provided by a variety of different methods including face-to-face meetings, telephone or email as appropriate.

Research Services

MDCVS can offer research services to your organisation from research design, data collection processes such as facilitating focus groups and undertaking case studies, to analysis and report writing.

This bespoke service would be tailored to your organisational requirements. Your input would be sought in the design and report writing process to ensure that the aims, objectives and outcomes of the research are useful for funding applications, highlight your project’s impact and make user focused suggestions for improvement to service delivery.

Depending on the resources available, your organisation is welcome to participate in the research process wherever you can, for example, from providing suitable local venues for group discussions, recruitment of participants, interviewers for structured questionnaires and data entry.

Training in research methods

MDCVS can offer bespoke courses in both quantitative and qualitative research methods such as questionnaire design and analysis or running focus groups to your staff so that they feel confident in carrying out monitoring and evaluation themselves. Content includes information on how to make your questionnaire more user-friendly, increasing response rates, recruiting participants, analysing information collected and presenting both quantitative and qualitative data. The courses typically last 2 days running between 10am-3pm, and include a training pack for each attendee. Courses can be provided either at your offices or at MDCVS.

Next training dates

Places on a 2 day training course are £70 for members of a Essex CVS or £100 for non members. Lunch not included. Please contact Catherine on 01621 851891 or catherine@maldoncvs.org.uk to book a place.

Charging Structure

We will work with you to design a service that will fit within your budget. This can be a combination of bespoke work undertaken on your behalf and providing tools and mentoring to your staff team.

As a guide places on training courses start from £70 and a tailored training in your organisation from £400. Consultancy services are worked out at a hourly rate of £40 per hour (£30 for Essex CVS members)

Meet the trainer

Catherine Kennelly, M&DCVS Projects and Admin Officer holds an MA (Econ) Applied Social Research from the University of Manchester and has over 20 years’ experience of working as social researcher. Organisations she has worked for include College of Health, Age Concern England (now Age UK), Healthcare Commission, and the London Borough of Redbridge. During her career she has undertaken a wide variety of both quantitative and qualitative projects in areas including health services research, older people and childcare issues. At MDCVS Catherine undertakes research, monitoring and evaluation of their projects including Harbour, Community Engagement Services (formerly MAST) and Essex Shed Network. She has also previously provided training in research methods to external statutory and voluntary organisations.


Please contact Sarah or Catherine on 01621 851891 to discuss your requirements or email catherine@maldoncvs.org.uk to make an enquiry

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