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August 2021 Newsletter

In this newsletter we focus on what ESS is learning from the third sector’s magnificent response during the pandemic – and how to use that learning for the future. 


In this issue
ESS’s own pandemic year
Working Together Better: Using evidence about partnership working to design the future
Crisis to Recovery programme
Resetting after Covid-19: A guide for third sector on using evidence for forward planning
Third Sector Interface Covid-19 Learning Project
Diane retires and tells us what she really thinks!
New from ESS
Upcoming workshops
Oldie but Goldie ESS resource

ESS’s own pandemic year


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
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Working Together Better: Using evidence about partnership working to design the future 



Evidence from academic research, third sector evaluation and conversations shows that partnership working between the third and public sector may have been different and better during Covid-19. 
 
SCVO and Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) will support a cohort of third sector organisations to evaluate and learn about the impact of their partnerships with statutory organisations during Covid-19.  ESS will collate relevant learning and share it with SCVO, Scottish Government, funders and the sector.
Book for our free event to find out more, 10am-12pm on 2 September
Working Together Better: Using evidence about partnership working to design the future – a learning event (with SCVO)
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Crisis to Recovery programme   

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.
 
We’ve published 7 case studies and more case studies are on the way. 
 
Book for our free event, 10-12pm on 30 September: Sharing insights - How third sector organisations are using their learning to move from crisis to recovery

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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.
 
Click here to download the resource

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Third Sector Interface Covid-19 Learning Project


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. 

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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!
 
In this blog she gives her personal reflections on how third sector evaluation has changed over the last 14 years.   If you have any comments on her insights please email info@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk

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New from ESS

New case study from ParentSpace about evaluation planning and confidence
 
Updated Support Guide: Storing evidence
 
Blog:  “What do we mean by “ethical research principles?”: ESS Research Manager Jane Marryat tells us about the new Third Sector Research Forum guide
 
Blog: Learning new ways to support homelessness organisations Kate Robinson, National Lottery Community Fund tells us about the benefits of bringing homelessness projects together to share impact and learning
 
Do you have any feedback on our resources or website?
We often get feedback about our resources being useful but we would really like to know how you use our resources, especially our publications. Please email comments about the website and our publications to info@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk. 
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Upcoming workshops 

Let's Evaluate! training programme

Getting Started: Outcomes and Indicators* 
22/23 November 2021, Zoom, 9.30-12.30pm on both days
 
Make to Measure: Evaluation Methods and Plans* 
29/30 November 2021, Zoom, 9.30-12.30 pm on both days
 
Telling my story: Analysing and Reporting on Outcomes*
6/7 December 2021, Zoom, 9:30am - 12.30pm on both days

*These workshops are split into two half days  - you must attend both.
 
Working Together Better: Using evidence about partnership working to design the future – a learning event (with SCVO)
2 September 2021, 10am-12pm on Zoom
 
Sharing insights - How third sector organisations are using their learning to move from crisis to recovery
30 September 2021, 10am-12pm on Zoom
 
Evaluation leaders peer network event (free):  Getting others on board
5th October 2021, 10am – 12pm on Zoom
 



If you have any questions or need support about any of our events, please get in touch with us at info@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk

 

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Oldie but Goldie resource 

Making it Stick – A guide to embedding evaluation
 
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.

 

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