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Using External Consultants

Using Consultants

Using consultants can be helpful, but only if you know what you want them to do. This section will help you to:

Find a consultant

Evaluation Support Scotland is not able to do an evaluation for you.  But you can use our consultants database to find consultants who can do external evaluations.  We do NOT endorse or provide our own judgement on consultants or verify what they say about themselves.

Register as a consultant

If you are a consultant providing evaluation services, you can register to be added to our Consultants Database. 

If you are already in our Consultants Database and would like to update your details, you can sign in

Getting the Best from External Evaluation Guide and e-course

Our support guide here has simple guidance on how to commission and manage external evaluations. And Getting the best from external evaluation Principles for Funders is here.

We can also provide tailored support to help you plan and commission an external evaluation.  

We also have an e-course on commissioning and managing external evaluations.  It covers:

You will work through the course at your own pace and come back to the modules again. The length of time it takes to do the course will vary on how much of the off line work you do. To go quickly through the modules without much ‘thinking’ time takes about an hour, but to get maximum benefit from the course it’s important to do the tasks. There is a downloadable workbook to capture your thoughts and notes.

You are encouraged to consult with stakeholders, take time to explore your reasons for using a consultant and calculate costs and gather other information.

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N.B. This module will no longer be available from January 2018

You can read more about the Getting the Best From Evaluation online course and register to access it on the online learning page

Register for access

Learn more about Getting the Best from External Evaluation