Amber Analysis was established in 2003 by Libby
Cooper, the Founder and former Director for eleven years of Charities Evaluation
Services (CES). Amber Analysis is a research, evaluation and capacity building
consultancy delivering services to clients in the UK and internationally. Its
portfolio of activities embraces programmes dealing with:
- civil society, community and NGO development
- voluntary sector-government relations
- health care and social service delivery and poverty reduction
- human rights, refugees and asylum seekers
- rural development.
Amber Analysis Offers Its Clients
- Programmatic evaluations that assess a series of projects
within an overall programme, and review the impact and effectiveness of their
- Project evaluations that assess the delivery and outcomes
of project interventions. The client is provided with an analysis of the successes
and failures of programmes and projects together with strategic options available
to increase the potential for sustainability.
- A set of self-evaluation procedures and instruments to enable
client organisations to review a project’s progress and evaluate performance
and outcomes against objectively verifiable indicators.
- Evaluation policies and procedures for donor clients with
the dual intention of raising donor-clients’ level of awareness of their
funding objectives and strategies, and of providing them with the capacity
to monitor and evaluate the projects that they are funding.
- Advice on programme design, establishing new organisations
and strategies for an organisation’s future development. This covers
governance, structural change, review of an organisation’s aims and
objectives, and the possibilities for developing new products and programmes
in order to ensure sustainability.
- Training programmes on management development, evaluation
and strategic planning for donors and their grantees with the aim of building
the capacity of organisations.
- Appropriately designed research studies, which, depending
on the nature of the client’s requirements, can include the gathering
of statistical and qualitative data and its processing through the use of
statistical software packages for quantitative data and Nvivo for the interpretation
of qualitative material.
- Research into social capital and its usefulness as an instrument
in the development of civil society and appropriate ways for measuring and
assessing its value.
- Needs assessments for grant-making or NGO clients who require
detailed information on a specific group of individuals or public issues affecting
the local community in order to decide on a course of action. Amber Analysis
regards needs assessment, like grant-assessment procedures, as important tools
for both grant-givers and beneficiaries.
are tailored to the specific requirements of our clients, with whom our
consultants work closely throughout the project, encouraging
to assume ownership during its formulation, implementation and evaluation.