“The reporting process was really well-organised, and the data was presented in a clear report. A5cend also understood some of the challenges of working within our community and worked around them, adopting their methodologies to suit our specific needs.”
“We were really happy with A5cend’s evaluation work. The service and support were excellent, the work was delivered on time and to a high quality, and A5cend staff were always available when we needed them.”
“Thanks to A5cend, our evaluation systems have just got better and better. We have also been able to use the monitoring systems that A5cend helped put in place for the Reaching Communities project for other projects too, so there has been a great knock-on effect.”
The ongoing support
A5cend worked closely with CCBC throughout the evaluation, helping CCBC staff to develop a better understanding of evaluation methodologies and become more confident at using these effectively. CCBC still gets help from A5cend with collating monitoring data and report, but now has its own internal evaluation systems in place, so is able to collect monitoring data in-house.
Clapton Commons Boys Club’s achievements
CCBC has gone from strength to strength. Its services have doubled in recent years to meet rising demand, with help another Reaching Communities grant, as well as grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Youth Investment Fund. In recognition of its excellent work, in June 2015 CCBC received the London Quality Assurance Mark (Gold), endorsed by the City Bridge Trust, and in June 2018 was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.