How to collect evidence at the start of your project: Examples
A heart healthy project planning to run cooking classes for everyone wasn’t able to find data on the sexual orientation of people living in their local area. Instead they decided to use data from the Office of National Statistics about people living in the UK (which you’ll find in the following report).
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A village hall running educational and recreational activities knew that the ethnic profile of the area had changed in the last year, following the arrival of some families from Poland.
To find out how large this new community was and ensure that activities were responsive to their needs and interests, the village hall committee asked the local authority if they had statistics for their village. As the research department of the local authority had recently carried out its own audit it was able to provide up to date information, which showed that 0.5 per cent of the beneficiaries were likely to be ‘Any other White background’ (this included the recent arrivals from Poland).
A project aiming to provide lifelong learning opportunities for older people living within a large rural area, recognised that it didn’t know what proportion of its beneficiaries were likely to be male or female. It knew from past experience that female and male users typically had different interests so this meant that it didn’t know how to design its programme. The project worker approached the local university’s continuing education department which was able to provide gender statistics for older people from their own database (60 per cent female and 40 per cent male).