ESS has always promoted an outcomes approach when it comes to self-evaluation because outcomes are about the difference that your organisation makes.
The ESS Annual Review for 2020-21 – “What we have learned in a year like no other” is out now. Throughout the year we helped the sector:
Evaluate their adapted services
Adapt their evaluation methods to work online
Analyse and report on a broad and more qualitative range of evidence
In relation to our own services, most people we worked with learned equally well through our online support – and we became more accessible for some. The third sector tell us that in future we’ll need a mix of online and face to face support - so we are working now on that blended delivery model. Keep an eye our website for more. Read our Annual Review
Over the last 12 months we’ve been supporting National Lottery Community Fund grantholders to evaluate and learn from their response to the crisis. This has helped them plan the blend of services they will provide in the future.
Resetting after Covid-19: A guide for third sector on using evidence for forward planning
Our latest free guide is full of tips on how to evaluate and reflect on your work during Covid-19 and use this learning to plan and improve how you work in the future – and perhaps to influence others such as funders and decision-makers.
We’ve been delighted to work alongside Scotland Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) to understand the role of TSIs played during the Covid-19 pandemic. This important report identifies the types of activities undertaken by TSIs during Covid-19, the effectiveness of different approaches and lessons for the future of TSIs.
Diane retires and tells us what she really thinks!
ESS’s long-serving Depute Director Diane Kennedy retired in July. We are super sad to see her go but wish her all the very best. And we didn’t let her leave without squeezing out a few pearls of her massive wisdom!
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A lot of third sector organisations tell us the tough part about evaluation is sometimes not setting outcomes or designing methods but making sure evaluation is embedded into everyday practice. This guide is full of tips on how to fit embed evaluation into your organisations works and get staff and others on board. There are other resources and case studies in the embedding section of our website.