IN June, we published the findings from an independent client survey carried out by consultants Richardson- Howarth. The main aims of the evaluation were to find out if Launch Pad was having an impact on the work of our partners and whether it was adding value.
The key findings were that Launch Pad is being used by a wide range of organisations throughout the North East. Overall feedback was excellent. In terms of impact, many partners reported that Launch Pad had helped them to achieve their targets and generate positive outcomes or added value for both their organisations and their clients. Importantly all partners felt that Launch Pad was doing exactly what it should be doing and all would book it again.
Here are some of the many positive comments received:
"Helped us to access hard to reach groups"
"They did all the hard work for us"
"We got more interest from residents than expected"
"We had such a short time to do this – we thought things would go wrong but it worked perfectly"
"They understand the market, the aims and objectives of our work and help us meet them"
"Prior to having Launch Pad we had to do events in tents on grass verges – this has allowed us to get into the town centre"
"Different way of accessing people, especially those whom it is very hard to engage – young people not in work or training, long-term unemployed"
"Got students to think about work and enterprise and got them really engaged"
"They were co-operative and supportive and flexible when we had to change things"
"Excellent – they did everything and more so!"
"It helped the school social enterprise to get out into the broader market beyond their school friends and family."