Stage three: review the evidence
The evidence section of the framework underpins the outcomes triangle and logic model. It lists the sources of evidence that together best demonstrate the contribution of culture and sport to the outcomes. You should use local evidence, such as research studies, evaluations, surveys and case studies, to support your outcomes triangle and logic model as long as it is robust.
You can back this up with evidence from national or international sources. You should aim to evidence the different levels of outcome and the assumptions linking them together.
1. Decide how to capture your thinking and decisions
Find a way to capture your thinking and decisions from each step. Use the downloadable evidence template if it helps.
2. List the service outcomes and benefits, and the intermediate and overarching strategic outcomes
Take the service, intermediate and overarching strategic outcomes from your logic model. Also list the benefits you have said arise from the achievement of the service outcomes.
3. Identify sources of local and national evidence
Review any local quantitative or qualitative data you have available, for example data from research studies, evaluations, surveys and case studies. How well does it support the benefits that culture and sport deliver and the outcomes that culture and sport contribute to? How relevant, recent and robust is it? List any local evidence you think is robust and underpins the service, intermediate and overarching strategic outcomes you have identified.
Review the national and international evidence. Look at the examples provided on this website in the evidence sections for each policy theme. Use the searchable evidence databases to find further examples. How well does the evidence support your assumptions? How relevant, recent and robust is it? List any evidence you think is robust against each level of outcome.
4. Review gaps in your evidence
Review the evidence you have listed for all the benefits and outcomes in your logic model. Is there enough evidence to back up the contribution of culture and sport to each benefit and outcome? If evidence is missing or weak, can you or a partner collect new data or commission new research to get that evidence?
Remove any benefits or outcomes where you don't have enough evidence to demonstrate the contribution of culture and sport and where you won't be able to obtain additional evidence in the near future.
If you are developing an outcomes framework for a number of policy themes, repeat these steps for each theme.
9 July 2012