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We have a long experience of evaluating change projects and processes in both the public, private and civil sector.

Cases

1. Evaluating Transnational Private Public Collaboration

"Super exciting to hear about the ongoing evaluation of the project, and how we can improve our processes going forward."

Said by participants

How do we make partners collaborate across different sectors and national borders?

How do we build a Living Lab that keeps innovation going to create long term impact?

Lighting Metropolis was an Interreg-ÖKS funded cross-border project leading the Greater Copenhagen Region to a position as a world-leading Living Lab for human-centric smart urban lighting. ASKing evaluated the project focusing on lasting collaboration between the public, private and academic partners involved from both Sweden and Denmark.

Lighting Metropolis' vision was to bring knowledge from academia, technology from private companies, and local governing in municipalities together, to use LED-lighting to ease everyday life for citizens. For example, through lighting in hospitals for better health or urban lighting for safer neighbourhoods.

Many innovative solutions were created and presented in the Living Lab. However, the long-term impact of a cross-border project comes when lasting collaborations between partners across different sectors and countries are established. ASKing's evaluation lifted recommendations on how to build on the foundation created in the project to enable long term transnational collaboration through:

  • support structures built into the partner organizations
  • processes of building innovation competencies in the organizations
  • the values of working transnationally in a region

Read our report and find more information about the project here: www.lightingmetropolis.com

2. Evaluating the Development of an Innovative School Organization

"The evaluation was sometimes a painful process for us leaders - we were realizing why the teachers were not always working the way we wanted. Fx we arranged training activities for the teachers in traditional forms to build their knowledge of the subject. But we learned from the evaluation that they need to train to work in innovative change processes where they collaborate with each other and with external partners."

Principal

Malmö Latin School

How can we build competencies that support pedagogical innovation in a Swedish school?

How can we bring learnings from a project into everyday practice?

Is it possible to build a school that teaches students how to develop a sustainable society? The Swedish school system is not built for this type of learning and teachers are not educated to teach this way. Therefore, a school in Malmö was chosen as a “model school” to develop and implement new ways of working with education for sustainable development. The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation initiated and led the project, while teachers and management carried out the implementing part at the school. Researchers from Malmö university were supporting the teachers in doing research on their pedagogical methods. 

ASKing did an ongoing evaluation throughout the project. The role was to study, document and support the implementation and learning processes to make sustainability a “forever given way of working” for both teachers, management and students at the school.

 A key finding was the importance of involving partners with varying competencies and ideas from civil society, academia and the public sector – all working together to explore new ways of teaching young people to act for a sustainable society. Following the project closely, ASKing was able to make the project partners see challenges and possibilities in this collaboration. ASKing gave recommendations on how to make the changes that helped the ways of working become durable beyond the three-year project period.

Read our report and find more information about the project here:

3. Evaluating Long Term Social Change

“I am happy we got an evaluator who understands what we are doing and who has a focus on the development of collaboration and not just on follow-up on the outputs for the individuals.”

Department Leader

Burlöv Kommun

How can different authorities work together to create long term change for their clients?

How do we create long-term impact with lasting collaboration structures, while working towards short term outcomes for a limited number of people?

How can we help people in long term unemployment to get a job?

By giving them a job! This was the idea of the project Resurs Burlöv. The project participants got one-year employment in the municipality. The employment center and municipality worked closely around each client, and the important question was, whether this collaboration would support clients getting closer to the labour market? Employees and leaders from the two authorities worked to build better coordination in their collaboration around clients where they used methods of continuous follow-up and relationship building with the clients.

The evaluator role was a process consultant helping the project team formulate the theory of change, identify change mechanisms, and develop the project in a changing organizational context. A key theme of ASKing's evaluation has been to identify the project learnings and recommend how to implement these into the organization, so the collaborative competencies and working methods developed are not restricted to a few employees, but spread widely.

Read our report and find more information about the project here: www.staffanstorp.se/burlovfinsam/

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Denmark (visiting address)
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DK-2300 Copenhagen

Tel: +45 24400580

Email: karen@ask-ing.se

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