Making a difference: evaluating impact

re-entry logoRe-Entry is a leading provider of alternative education in Wolverhampton and works with more than 200 disaffected young people every year to re-integrate them back into education or vocational training.

Following a successful Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund Grant in 2009, Re-Entry commissioned Transformations to conduct a review of its impact during the first two years of the grant funding. The in-depth evaluation exercise involved the following aspects: interviews with staff and Board members, assessment of internal monitoring systems and reporting, observation of the work with young people, interviews with external agencies and education support commissioners, as well as an overview of the ‘marketplace’ and the wider strategic and policy context for their service.

The final Evaluation Report has given Re-Entry valuable evidence for the impact they are making on young people’s lives, which will be used not only with existing and new funders but also to assist with their internal strategic thinking.