UKES MRN Showcase 5th November 2020

On November 5th, M·E·L Research will be contributing to the UKES Midlands Evaluation Showcase, exploring local evaluations and the challenges evaluators have been facing in the current climate. As well as live discussions and debates, our Research Director Adam Knight-Markiegi will be sharing his experiences of an evaluation of the social prescribing programme Making Connections Walsall.


The programme was funded by Walsall Council to help tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older residents of Walsall, and M·E·L Research were commissioned to provide a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis of the programme. Adam will discuss the outcomes of the programme and its overall success in supporting older people in Walsall.

The programme itself connected lots of different agencies, including the council, fire service, local charities, GPs and healthcare bodies. Using SROI principles, the evaluation focussed on stakeholders’ own views about what difference it made to them, such as improved sociability and better mental health. The evaluation helped to secure extra funding for the programme and has shaped how it ran, such as getting more befrienders onboard and improving communications with referral agencies.

Making Connections Walsall will provide one topic for the showcase, and other members of the M·E·L Research team will also share their experiences of evaluations, with a specific focus on the challenges we face during the ongoing pandemic. The showcase will run on the 5th November, from 10am-12pm. Those who register to participate will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel and join in live discussions. Adam and the M·E·L Research team will join a panel of research and evaluation specialists from across the West Midlands.

You can participate in the discussion on the day or register beforehand here as well as watch a pre-discussion video before the event.

If you wish to find out more, please contact Adam Knight-Markiegi on 0121 604 4664 or email