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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 to explore and share experiences of how funders and funded projects can build mutually beneficial relationships. The group met three times and was facilitated by Evaluation Support Scotland. Here are ...

Building mutually beneficial relationships - Top tips for Funders

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

Case Study: A funder that supports reporting

Keep Scotland Beautiful, which runs the Climate Challenge Fund, helps funded projects to measure and report on their outcomes. Please read this case study to find out how they do it and the benefits to the funder and funded projects.

Case study: Adapting project outcomes if things don't initially work outNEW

In this case study CHANGES Community Health Project talk about how their learning throughout their project helped them to improve their service and how their funder, Spirit of 2012 encouraged them to do so.

Case study: Clear communication and constructive feedbackNEW

This case study is an example of how funders can support funded organisations during the application stage and reporting.

Case study: Doing something different to feedback to our fundersNEW

This case study shows how funders that are flexible with their reporting requirements help funded organisations tell their story.

Case study: ESS working in partnership with funders

Martha Lester-Cribb, ESS Evaluation Support Manager has provided workshops and support to third sector organisations funded through The ALLIANCE Self Management IMPACT Fund. In this case study Martha talks about how having a shared understanding and trust has helped make a successful partnership, and by working together funded projects have ...

Case study: Funder supporting third sector organisation to evaluate their work (2013)NEW

This case study demonstrates how Roma Youth Project benefited from receiving evaluation support, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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, evaluation and reporting are important and what they should achieve. Funders are saying they believe evaluation is valuable, relevant, proportionate, supported and involves looking from the inside and outside at ...

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 of impact to assess effective replication, how evidence can give confidence in the effectiveness of a service, the different questions that need to be asked when replicating, and the evidence ...

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

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 developed by Third Sector Unit and Evaluation Support Scotland and it has been tested with officials.

Harmonising Reporting

Research on reporting found that funders don’t always get what they need from the reports they receive and that voluntary organisations can find the reporting process burdensome. So in response to this a group of funders and funded organisations got together to look at reporting. The work was facilitated by ...

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 contains practical guidance and templates to make reporting to funders less burdensome and more useful for funders and funded organisations. ESS has been suggesting to other organisations and funders to ...

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 and realises the potential of people and communities in Scotland. Read to find out how Inspiring Impact help them improve their impact practice.

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 Small and Simple master class on 8 October 2014 considered “what is good enough evaluation for small grants?” This briefing note is for funders. We share key points from 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 Support Manager.

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 the day. It includes some tips to remember.

Report 4: Master Class: Evaluating Together

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

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 projects.

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 examples of improvements in reporting practice since 2010 and reflects on where we are now and what comes next.

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 Scotland. The funders paid for funded charities to access support from ESS so those charities could measure and report on the outcomes of their work.

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 on core funding.

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 practical resource helps funders: Explore how funders use evidence to influence policy and practice outside their organisations Evaluate the difference made by their influencing work