Hot of the press is our Activities and Impact Report 2018/19 Read it here
At ESS we are known to be big on planning so no secrets are being let out of the bag with our theme this year - Plan to evaluate - Evaluate to plan. You'll find lots of examples of our work supporting third sector organisations and funders to plan to evaluate and use their learning to improve services and influence others. Highlights are the case studies on pages 6, 7 and 12, and the workshops and resources that were new in 2018/19.
Our report was launched at our AGM on Monday 23rd September when we said a big thank you and farewell to our Convenor - Professor Stephen Platt, Treasurer - Lindsay Robertson, and other trustees Susan Brown (resigned in June), Linda Rodgers and Stephanie Rose. We welcomed 3 new trustees - Kerry Allan, Maxine Dinnes, and Alex Johnson.
Previously, in July, we said goodbye and thank you to Louise Bowen, our Knowledge and Networks Officer who has worked for the last two years organising many Inspiring Impact events and Third Sector Research Forum meetings, as well, as the last conference. (Louise is in the photograph at the top of the page taken at an Inspiring Impact event [far left]).
The Outcomes Approach - does it meet our expectation?
We love outcomes at ESS but we also like a good debate! Steven Marwick poses some interesting questions and puts forward an argument for changing the 'verb' we use with outcomes - 'delivering' is out but 'achieving' is in! Read Steven's blog 'Were we wrong to talk about outcomes?' and enter the debate. Let us know if you agree or have a different point of view: email Steven
Agile and ESS have been given the go-ahead to roll out the Thrive Learning Programme which we developed and piloted earlier this year. The programme supports organisations to use physical activity/sport to achieve outcomes. It is the product of several years' work and consultation with the sector.
There are 3 modules: Plan - Do - Review which help participants think through how to work in a truly person-centred way. Each module includes an online self-assessment, a full training day and a reflective practice exercise followed by an online discussion to help embed the learning. Participants also receive access to many templates and tools to support their work. The programme will be free of charge to the sector and we plan to deliver 7 rounds over the next year.
In the first instance this work is being funded through the Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity programme, a partnership between Scottish Government, Spirit of 2012, The Robertson Trust and sportscotland.
National Performance Framework from Scottish Government A new National Performance Framework (NPF) was launched in June 2018. It sets out a vision for national wellbeing in Scotland and measures achievement in relation to this. Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) and the Scottish Government Outcomes and Sustainable Goals Team and Third Sector Unit ran a short session in June 2019 for third sector organisations to explore what the NPF means for the third sector.
Click here for the event report Corra Foundation NPC has published A framework for Place-based Fundingwhich includes information and case studies from Corra Foundation People in Place programme. The Robertson Trust As part of The Robertson Trust Building Capacity blog channel, our Training Officer Grace Robertson has written a blog about self-evaluation. Read the blog here
To accompany the blog, Grace has created an infographic of the messages in the blog - Tips on how to plan to do self-evaluation. Download your copy here
Third sector organisations sometimes tell us they've got stuck with their evaluation. This can happen at any stage in the evaluation pathway - at the very beginning setting outcomes and indicators or later on when analysing the data. To help we have planned a webinar and a learning event. Both are free so sign up quickly to book your place:
Webinar:Help! I've got stuck with my evaluation - tactics to get unstuck
Monday 18 November 2019 at 10am More information and to book click here
Inspiring Impact learning event: Help! I've got stuck with my evaluation Tuesday 3 December 2019 in Edinburgh More information and to book click here
Do you have any feedback on our resources or website? We often get feedback about our resources being useful but we would really like to know how you use our resources, especially our publications.Please email comments about the website and our publications to Jane Marryat.
This paper sets out 10 principles to think about when evaluating asset-based approaches. It is mostly written for people in third sector or community groups who want to use evaluation to improve their practice and report to others but it may also be of interest to funders and policy-makers.
The Principles :
Involve people in evaluation proportionately
Gather evidence where people actually are
Keep it simple – Don’t treat communities like a laboratory