“We are determined to demonstrate the impact and value for money that we deliver” Rob Smith, Community Director
Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust, operating in Hertfordshire and the London boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon, run over 30 different projects engaging with over 158,000 participants annually. Each project befits one of our five key pillars; Sport Participation, Social Inclusion, Health, Education and Community Facilities and is designed alongside our overarching aim to ‘make a positive difference for all through sport and learning’.
We are deeply committed to being accountable for what we do and improving how we best understand the gathering of evidence in terms of our impact and effectiveness. We routinely review our effectiveness to evaluate the impact of our work using robust and reputable methods.
To be fully accountable, we want to determine whether our work is resulting in positive change and why. The undertaking of rigorous evaluations is the only credible way of doing this. With a large number of projects completed each year, carrying out full impact evaluations on each of these would be too resource intensive. Instead, we gather data about each project and the progress made by those attending. The data is then analysed and the impact on individuals and communities assessed.
We are currently using the externally validated system Views to gather statistics in relation to our participation and impact. Views is an online project management and impact reporting platform developed by social research company Substance. Our aim is to exploit this resource across all of our varying projects.
We are strongly committed to strengthening our ability to capture and communicate our effectiveness, in order to learn what does and does not work.