CENI website

Welcome to the Community Evaluation NI (CENI) website. After months of hard work, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our new website. Our goal is to provide our visitors with an easier way to learn about CENI’s mission, vision, services and our role as an independent champion that innovates and promotes good impact practice.

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The Alliance for Useful Evidence Masterclass is coming to Belfast!

The Alliance for Useful Evidence Masterclass Belfast

Save the date for the much-anticipated Evidence Masterclass!

What is the Alliance for Useful Evidence Masterclass?


It is an immersive learning experience for decision-makers in the third sector who want to confront the challenges of using evidence in their work and become more confident users of research. Our tailored Masterclass will draw on local examples relevant to the third sector in N.I. and will involve some co-creation in the classroom to meet the needs of participants. You will deepen your understanding of research evidence and be able to use it more confidently in your role – whether in strategic decision making, programme development, applying for funding, or explaining your work to stakeholders.

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Kate Laverty – CEO, Community Evaluation NI

Kate Laverty CEO Community Evaluation NI

Our new CEO, Kate talked recently to the Belfast Telegraph and the nijobfinder about her new role in Community Evaluation NI

We’re an independent champion for good impact practice, enabling the charity sector to improve its’ effectiveness, secure new resources, evolve its’ sustainability, and manage policy implementation.  All of this contributes to the ultimate outcome of any intervention – a healthier, happier society… CONTINUE READING

Aligning Outcomes

Aligning Outcomes co-design CENI

An Experiment in co-design

In 2018, Inspiring Impact funded CENI and thrive to create a project to improve impact practice in the arts sector.

On Wednesday 3 April, we will share lessons from the Aligning Outcomes: An Experiment in co-design project at an event in Malone House, Belfast.

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Impact frameworks

Impact framework evaluation design

We love a good framework as a starting point for planning and assessing impact.  Over recent months, we have been working on frameworks with Forward South Partnership, Causeway Coast and Glens Cultural Services and Linking Generations NI.

We have just started work with the Community Development Health Network and the Public Health Agency (PHA) on developing and implementing an outcomes framework for the new Community Development Capacity Building Programme. 

PHA have also commissioned us to review and develop outcomes for measuring the outcomes from Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).


Evaluation Community CENI

Learn more about our most recent evaluation work

Recent commissions saw us work with Clanmil Housing Association to evaluate a pilot project with sheltered housing schemes in the Antrim area. 

Also in the housing arena, we are in the process of developing an evaluation framework for the Housing Associations Integration Project (HAIP).

Another current project involves reviewing cultural and community grants for Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

We are also evaluating a number of projects for the Department for Communities, including Phase 2 of the Women in Community Transformation Programme and a lawfulness pilot project by DFC’s Voluntary & Community Division Fresh Start Team.