PBE provides Theory of Change advice to Nova New Opportunities

29 Nov 2017

Nova work with people from diverse backgrounds to help them secure sustainable employment by offering advice and support and courses that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. They believe in changing society by improving lives one person at a time through:

  • Raising aspirations
  • Connecting diverse groups
  • Providing people with opportunities
  • Being a beacon for social change

Nova approached Pro Bono Economics to carry out a report that develops their monitoring and evaluation strategy by developing a Theory of Change, mapping out the potential relationship between Nova’s charitable activities and the short and long-term impacts on beneficiaries.

This report was authored by independent economic consultant Ann Waters, a volunteer of Pro Bono Economics, who considered Nova’s services, the client referral process and user journey, as well as Nova’s target populations. The author also provides useful background on how to develop a Theory of Change.

Building on this, the report undertakes a systematic review of existing data and evidence collected by Nova, and offers advice on data collection moving forward, both in terms of approaches to measurement and relevant data that will enable Nova to more fully interpret the outcomes of its work. The report considers Nova’s current administrative systems and how these can be harnessed and improved to facilitate good data management and enable Nova to answer key evaluation questions.

We would like to thank Ann for her hard work in completing this report, which is available to download below.