The National Evaluation

The National Lottery Community Fund has commissioned a team lead by the University of Sheffield and CFE Research to carry out a national evaluation of the Fulfilling lives: Supporting people experiencing multiple disadvantage programme. You can find out more about the team here.

The evaluation has the following key aims:

  • Track and assess the achievements of the programme and to estimate the extent to which the partnerships and interventions contribute to these.
  • Calculate the costs of the projects and the value of benefits to the exchequer and wider society.
  • Identify what interventions and approaches work well, for which people and in what circumstances.

The evaluation will also:

  • Explore how projects are delivered, understand problems faced and to help identify solutions and lessons learned.
  • Assess the extent to which The National Lottery Community Fund’s principles (such as co-production and partnership working) are incorporated into project design and to work out the degree to which these principles influence success.

The evaluation is using a range of methods to gather evidence. A common data framework has been agreed so that the same set of information is collected from every funded partnership. To complement this we are carrying out in-depth interviews with partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries to understand more about how projects are being delivered and their impact.

We are also collecting data from people experiencing multiple disadvantage in other parts of the country that have not received the Fulfilling Lives investment. This will allow us to compare what has been achieved by the partnerships with what might have happened without the funding. We call this the counterfactual.

We are also providing a comprehensive learning programme to share the evaluation findings. This includes communities of practice, seminars, webinars, blogs, newsletters and conferences.

Each funded partnership is also carrying out their own local evaluation and research. You can browse local publications on this website too.