Evidence Your Impact

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.

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: