Do you need a fresh perspective on your project?

You’re responsible for managing or overseeing a small public sector project in Scotland that aims to make a real difference to its clients. Your organisation, and maybe your partners, plan to invest, or have already invested significant time and resources in your project.

Now they are asking questions like: Is this project feasible to pursue?  What has it achieved so far? Who has really benefitted? Where were the hiccups? Is it providing value for money? What have we learned? And, most importantly, How can it be improved for the future?

Or you may need an evaluation to inform policy changes to an established programme, or a feasibility study or baseline survey to help secure future funding.

One way or another you need help to explore and interpret varying perspectives of  your project. This 28 second video shows, in a light-hearted way, the danger of not taking different perspectives on board:

You’ve already got enough on your plate, and now there are questions to be answered. Your staff are good at implementing the project, but how do you evaluate the results they’ve achieved? What if you fail to take an important stake holder’s views into account, or mess up the statistics? Will you lose your chance of future funding?

Or, maybe you are keen to prove or evaluate your project yourself and have time available, but little experience, so you’re at a loss where to start.

Evaluations need time and attention and an appropriate approach. They don’t have to be complicated, but they do have to be accurate. Treating them as an after-thought can threaten your whole project, and turn thousands of pounds and hundreds of hours of effort down the drain needlessly.

I’m May Johnstone, I help managers in the public sector who need to find out the difference their current project is making, and are short of time or skills to do this themselves.

I work with projects run by public sector agencies, most of which fall into the education, training, healthcare, enterprise, childcare and outdoor recreation sectors.

I specialise in small scale projects where I get to know both project staff and some of their clients, so both the project and I have the satisfaction of dealing with real people as well as the necessary statistics.

I’ve provided perspectives for projects throughout Scotland, so I’m familiar with the challenges of distance, transport and sparse services in rural and remote areas.

If you’re wondering whether I can help you, please go to Is this you? to find out who really benefits from my approach.