Good evaluation practice is about knowing the value of what you do. It should be a key part of any project or service your organisation delivers. It will help you to:
- See what works best for the people you seek to help and identify any areas for improvement
- Understand and celebrate the differences you are making
- Demonstrate your impact internally and to others in the sector and funders
Ultimately this will help you to deliver better outcomes for your beneficiaries.
We are keen to support organisations that we fund to develop their evaluation practice and to see it as useful part of their own practice, rather than just as something that has to be done in order to keep funders like us happy.
If you are currently in receipt of an award from us, you may be able to access some additional support around your evaluation work. Visit our additional support page for information
The evaluation cycle is a useful tool to help you to plan and deliver your evaluation work and then put the information you get to good use.
- Set outcomes and indicators – what are the differences that you want to make (outcomes) and how will you measure whether these have happened (indicators)?
- Gather evidence –gather data which is appropriate and proportionate to your project or organisation
- Analyse and report – make sense of your data and present it in a meaningful way for your audience(s)
- Learn from and act on your findings – use findings to shape current or future service delivery
You may find the following resources useful:
- For more information on how to work around the evaluation cycle, visit Evaluation Support Scotland
- If you are interested in reviewing where your organisation is at in terms of monitoring and evaluation practice, Inspiring Impact has created a handy 'measuring up' tool.
- 'Facing the Fear of Evaluation' - a blog by Evaluation Support Scotland
- We have produced a short guide setting out a range of monitoring and evaluation tools and methods, and suggested when you might use them