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Innovation and Learning Strategy

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

This document details the Innovation and Learning Strategy and how it will help to deliver the organisation’s overall strategy. Through our work, we have learned that there are some issues which cannot be addressed solely by providing awards to individual charities. This may be because of a need for:

  • increased awareness or understanding of an issue or its causes
  • increased evidence or understanding of approaches or interventions which are successful in addressing an issue
  • increased capacity, skills or knowledge within the sector or individual charities to address the issue
  • a collaborative and/or longer term approach to be taken to address the complexity or scale of the issue at a structural or system level

These reasons can prevent issues from being addressed effectively at both a policy and practice level often resulting in either no action or a series of short term, ineffective interventions. Where appropriate we also aim to take an “early action” approach where we try to tackle the root cause of a problem rather than the symptom. 


Web_Innovation_and_Learning_Strategy (pdf - 447 KB)