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Funders and funded relationships Case Study: Adapting project outcomes if things don't initially work out (CHANGES Community Health Project)

CHANGES Community Health Project talks about how their learning throughout their project helped them to improve their service and how ...

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Funders and funded relationships case study: Clear communication and constructive feedback (Befrienders Highland)

Befrienders Highland on how funders can support funded organisations during the application stage and reporting.

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Funders and funded relationships case study: Doing something different to feedback to our funders (Lightburn Elderly Association Project)

Lightburn Elderly Association Project talks about how making a video helped them to tell their story to their funder, Big ...

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Funders and funded relationships Case Study: ESS working in partnership with funders (The ALLIANCE)

The ALLIANCE commissioned Evaluation Support Scotland to provide workshops and support to third sector organisations funded through Self Management IMPACT ...

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Inspiring Impact Case Study: The Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland. The Trust aims to improve the quality of life ...

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How was it for you? Learning events instead of written reports

We asked funder and funded to tell us about their experiences of trying out a new way of “reporting”.



New principles for grant reporting (December 2018)

A group of funders and charities have developed 6 principles to make grant reporting more meaningful and mutually beneficial


Positive Partnership launch event report

Positive Partnerships publication was launched at an event in January 2020. Read more...


Report: Community Sport and Enterprise Evaluation Learning Set Final Impact Report

This is the report of a 2 year learning set to build the evaluation skills and capacity of community sport ...


Report: Evaluating large programmes: Lessons from Supporting Voluntary Action

This report describes the lessons learned by Supporting Voluntary Action whilst implementing monitoring and evaluation processes.


Report: Funders and funded in harmony - Where are we now?

This report summaries the story of Harmonising Reporting so far. Harmonising Reporting was first published in 2009. This document gives ...


Report: Funding Success - A review of Evaluation Support Accounts with Laidlaw Youth Trust and Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

This report summarises the learning from two ‘evaluation support accounts’ with Laidlaw Youth Trust and with Lloyds TSB Foundation for ...


Reporting on core funding - addressing the challenge

This short paper came from an event where funders and third sector organisations discussed the challenges of understanding and reporting ...

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Building mutually beneficial relationships - Top tips for Funded Organisations

In 2014 a group of seven projects funded by the ALLIANCE Self Management IMPACT Fund came together with Fund staff ...

Building mutually beneficial relationships - Top tips for Funders

Top tips for funders about building mutually beneficial relationships between funder and funded organisations.

Does Your Money Make a Difference? (2010)

Good practice in monitoring and evaluation for funders guide.

Evaluation Declaration

We worked with the Scotland Funders' Forum to produce the Evaluation Declaration. This has 5 statements that describe why monitoring, ...

Evidence is confidence: How to create a richer evidential tapestry

This briefing looks at the role of evidence when replicating a service and explores: The need to go beyond evidence ...

Funders' online reporting systems - a reflection paper (2018)

This paper is for funders that have, or are developing online reporting systems.

Getting the best from the third sector: A toolkit for managing funding relationships and funding schemes

This toolkit is for Scottish Government officials with responsibility for managing funding relationships with third sector organisations. This toolkit was ...

Harmonising Reporting

Research on reporting found that funders don’t always get what they need from the reports they receive and that voluntary ...

Harmonising Reporting Implementation - Case Study Report (May 2012)

Harmonising Reporting was published in 2010 by the Scotland Funders’ Forum (SFF) with support from Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS). It ...

Messages about evaluation - from grantholders, for other grantholders

This slideshow presents top tips for grantholders, gathered from learning and self-evaluation success stories shared by other grantholders.

Principles for Positive Partnerships

This guidance is for people in the third sector who hold a grant managed by Scottish Government and for Scottish ...

Report 1: Master Class: Small and Simple - Evaluating small grants - a briefing for funders

This report is about the first funder master class 'Small and Simple'' delivered by Emma Liddell, Evaluation Support Manager. The ...

Report 2: Master Class: Evaluating our capacity building - a briefing for funders

This report is about the second funder master class 'Does capacity building make a difference'' delivered by Emma Liddell, Evaluation ...

Report 3. Master Class: Adding Up Outcomes

In this report about the third funder masterclass 'Adding Up Outcomes' Emma Liddell, Evaluation Support Manager explains what happened during ...

Report 4: Master Class: Evaluating Together

This report is about the fourth funder master class 'Evaluating Together' delivered by Emma Liddell, Evaluation Support Manager.

Walking the talk: A guide for funders on how we evaluate our policy and practice influencing work (2016)

Walking the talk is a guide produced by funders on how funders evaluate their policy and practice influencing work. This ...

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