A Stitch in Time? – Evidence and Case Studies

Third Sector Evidence and Organisational Case Studies

A Stitch in Time? has completed a number of evidence reviews and organisational case studies as well as commissioning pieces of research. These support commissioners and third sector organisations to better understand what works and to better improve the outcomes which matter to people in our local communities.

SiT - Image - Evidence“It’s good to go places”: A review of literature around transport for older people

“Older People Eat Well” (jointly commissioned with Community Food and Health Scotland)

“The same. yet different”: Evidence review of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people.

Rapid Review of literature concerning the Health and Well-being Impacts of Volunteering for Older people (Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, SCPHRP)

Evidence review on how third sector supports older people with degenerative neurological conditions in Lothian (Neurological Alliance of Scotland, NAoS)

“Better than Pills” Evidence of the benefits of volunteering

“Getting There”: The role of community transport in older people’s lives (Community Transport Association)

Informal Community Action: The role of informal third sector in offering activities for fit older people.

“No place for fatalism”: The third sector contribution to improving older people’s experiences of declining health, bereavement and death

“A good outcome”: Evidencing how local carer organisations are supporting carers to achieve their personal outcomes

Benefits of Befriending”: A Study using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS)

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Organisational / intervention case studies include an explanation or model to highlight particular activities and outcomes from specific third sector interventions and discussion of self-evaluation methods and challenges:

Community Transport

Pilton Equalities Project – How we evaluate? and a Logic Model of our services

Midlothian Third Sector Interface – How we evaluate? and a Logic Model of our services

Changeworks (energy advice) – How we evaluate? and a Logic Model of our services

Edinburgh Leisure (physical exercise) – How we evaluate? and a Logic Model of our services

LGBT Age (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender services)

Optima (day care)

Community Connecting (helping older people to make connections in their community)

Carers support

Dementia Friendly Edinburgh

Commissioner case studies:

Community Connecting and City of Edinburgh Council: Developing a common approach to evaluating and reporting

Commissioners case study about Midlothian Council Change Fund: Working together in Midlothian