Capacitybuilders has commissioned an independent research project to measure the impact of the ChangeUp infrastructure programme.
The evaluation, which will be carried out by the Third Sector Research Centre, BMG Research, Guidestar Data Services and Sustain Consultancy, will look back to April 2004, when the Government established ChangeUp. A summary report will be published in spring 2009, and from then on progress will be tracked until March 2011.
Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector, said the evaluation was needed to ensure the sector had the support services it needs in the future.
Matt Leach, the new chief executive of Capacitybuilders, said: "For the first time we will be able to quantify and track the impact of capacity-building activity across the country – all of which will help us build the evidence base for investing in capacity-building."
The evaluation will include 12 "locality studies", which will survey front-line organisations to establish what difference the programme has made to them.
The launch of the evaluation coincides with the release of details of Capacitybuilders' social enterprise fund for 2008-11. Thirty social enterprise organisations will receive a share of the £3.6m fund.