This paper provides an overview of the Nesta Standards of Evidence, an approach used to measure the impact of a range of our practical innovation programmes and investments.
- The objective of developing Standards of Evidence is to help determine how confident we can be that an intervention is having a positive impact.
- This report outlines how the Nesta Standards of Evidence were developed, and how they are now being used across Nesta.
- The Nesta Standards of Evidence is an approach used to measure the impact of a range of our practical innovation programmes and investments.
We originally applied and embedded the Standards of Evidence in Nesta Impact Investments.
The Standards of Evidence are now being used more widely across Nesta, such as in The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund.
There are three overlapping potential uses of the Standards of Evidence framework at Nesta:
1. To assess the evidence behind programmes, products and services to see where they are currently placed on the Standards of Evidence, enabling us to understand how confident we can be in their claims.
2. To help structure the evaluation strategy to continue building the evidence behind the intervention and to move up the levels.
3. To help determine future funding decisions.
Ruth Puttick and Joe Ludlow