I work for a community development organisation called ACE Ely Caerau in Cardiff. We run lots of projects to promote social justice and the well-being of people in our local community, building on their strengths and assets. This work includes a community shop and a heritage project. We used to be funded by Communities First, which came with performance management and evaluation frameworks, which we did not feel really captured the work we did. It was focused on proving rather than improving. Now we are independent, we want to focus on becoming a learning organisation.
We have been working with the DEEP programme to gather and learn from stories of change collected from everyone involved in our work. We have been using Most Significant Change and Community of Enquiry to help us with this and have been very pleased with what we have discovered.
Many of the changes have been unexpected and heart-warming. People have become energised and enthused through gathering and sharing stories, which was not the case regarding previous evaluation work. If you want to read some of our stories, you can find them here.