The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland learning support for grantholders
The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland learning support for grantholders is run by Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland from November 2017 to 2020
Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) is delivering free learning and self-evaluation support to a range of National Lottery Community Fund grantholders in Scotland from November 2017 to 2020.
What difference will this support make to me as a National Lottery Community Fund grantholder?
Learning and self-evaluation will help you tell the story of your impact to funders and help you improve and deliver even better work.
Grantholders will be better able to:
- self-evaluate their work
- use learning to improve delivery
- demonstrate the difference they are making and
- share their learning with others.
What support is on offer?
Grantholders can take up a range of support such as:
1-1 tailored support:
This is a face to face meeting tailored to grantholder specific needs such as:
- identifying and creating evaluation methods and tools that fit your work
- making sense of feedback and data for learning and reports
- embedding evaluation and involving the people you work with.
Let’s Evaluate! workshops
There are three workshops that grantholders can attend (one, two or all three) of the following workshops:
- clarifying the difference you want to make and what you need to evaluate
Make to Measure
- choosing the right evaluation methods and tools and developing a plan
Telling My Story
- analysing data collected, using analysis for learning and reporting.
Making it stick - embedding evaluation in your organisation - 1 October 2018
Fit for purpose evaluation - 18 December 2018
Getting Ready for Reporting - 4 March 2019
Stats and Stories - 8 August 2019
Help! I've got stuck with my evaluation - 18 November 2019
Outcomes everywhere but which are mine? - 2 March 2020
Evaluating in a time of change - 12 May 2020
Why Evaluate? Covid-19 learning
In June 2020 we ran a series of 'Why Evaluate' peer-learning web events to help organisations evaluate in challenging times. The seminar series was supported by The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, and was part of the Inspiring Impact UK-wide programme.
Workbooks cover the key information given at workshops and include exercises to work through. These can be used in addition to attending a workshop or instead of workshops.
Additional support, resources, and case studies will be developed in the future including:
- webinars to share tools, approaches and learning
- peer learning and specialist events
- new sections on the website will include emerging tools, methods, blogs and case studies, including in relation to the Big Lottery Fund’s three approaches.
Topics and dates will be developed in response to emerging grantholder needs. Keep in touch through this page.
How to get support?
If you are interested in accessing learning support please contact your Funding Officer at The National Community Lottery Fund Scotland. All support is free of charge to the grantholder. Once a referral has been made, the ESS team will discuss your support needs with you and agree how best to meet them.
Learning and self-evaluation support is not mandatory but is an opportunity to learn more about how your organisation and the service you deliver is working.
Involving young people in evaluation
Involving young people in evaluation
ESS is working with the National Lottery Community Fund to provide learning and self-evaluation support to their grantholders in Scotland. More information ...
Martin Cawley, Scotland Director, Big Lottery Fund - Why learning from others is important
In the video below Martin Cawley, Scotland Director, Big Lottery Fund, talks about the importance of providing opportunities for grantholders to learn from each other.
Messages about evaluation: from grantholders to other grantholders
The National Lottery Community Fund, the Robertson Trust and Corra Foundation are working with Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) to provide learning and self-evaluation support for grantholders in Scotland. We brought grantholders together in February 2019, October 2019 and July 2020 to share their evaluation successes and learning.
Their top tips for other grantholders are in this short slide show here.
How to make sure evaluation is useful and used - Steven Marwick, shares some favourite ways to make evaluaiton useful
How do I know my evaluation is good enough? - ESS Director Steven Marwick provides helpful tips for grantholders who are worried about getting their evaluation 'right'
Involving young people to lead on evaluation - Nicola Swan, ESS Evaluation Support Manager, writes about encouraging young people to get involved - or even take charge - of evaluation
Developing evaluation culture in your organisation - a challenge worth taking on!- Louise Bowen, Knowledge and Networks Officer at Evaluation Support Scotland gives tips on how to get people on board with evaluation
Funders really DON’T just want numbers – honest! - Nicola Swan, ESS Evaluation Support Manager, talks about what funders really want to be told from funded organisations reporting on their work
Facing the fear of evaluation - Martha Lester-Cribb, ESS Senior Evaluation Support Manager, shares her top tips for making self-evaluation less scary
This guide includes tools to get you thinking in a systematic way about how to evaluate your practice.
In this less than 2 minute video Nicola Swan, ESS's Evaluation Support Manager talks about how to create an evaluation ...
Webinar: 'Stats and stories' took place on Thursday 8th August 2019 (re:recorded on Monday 12th August)
Webinar: 'Help! I've got stuck with my evaluation!' took place on 18th November 2019
Webinar: 'Outcomes everywhere but which are mine?' took place on 2nd March 2020.
This infographic captures some of our learning from 'Why Evaluate?' which talks about evaluation in challenging times.
A mini-case study from Fife Employment Access Trust on learning from evaluation during lockdown.
A mini-case study from Crossroads Youth & Community Association on learning from evaluation during lockdown.
A mini-case study from Soil Association Scotland on learning from evaluation during lockdown.
A mini-case study from Inclusive Skating on learning from evaluation during lockdown.
A mini-case study from East & Central Sutherland CAB on learning from evaluation during lockdown.
A mini-case study from Amina on learning from evaluation during lockdown.
Funders and funded relationships Case Study: Adapting project outcomes if things don't initially work out (CHANGES Community Health Project)
CHANGES Community Health Project talks about how their learning throughout their project helped them to improve their service and how ...
Funders and funded relationships case study: Doing something different to feedback to our funders (Lightburn Elderly Association Project)
Lightburn Elderly Association Project talks about how making a video helped them to tell their story to their funder, Big ...
Funders and funded relationships case study: Clear communication and constructive feedback (Befrienders Highland)
Befrienders Highland on how funders can support funded organisations during the application stage and reporting.
This method sheet shows you how to make use of the information you collect during everyday practice.
Webinar: 'Fit for purpose' evaluation took place on 18 December 2018
Webinar: 'Getting ready to report' took place on 4th March 2019
Webinar: 'Making it stick - embedding evaluation in your organisation' took place on Monday 1st October 2018 at 10am.
This workbook can help you plan why, when and how to involve the people you work with in evaluation.
Young people taking the lead on evaluation - Key messages from 11th April 2019
Listen to Shona Wells, Training Officer explain what is an outcome, in one minute!
Grace Robertson, Training Officer at Evaluation Support Scotland explains indicators in less than one minute!
Shona Wells, Training Officer talks you through writing an outcome in one minute!
Grace Robertson, Training Officer at Evaluation Support Scotland talks through what to measure and setting indicators in less than one ...
Shona Wells, ESS Training Officer talks about what to consider when choosing an evaluation method that is right for you ...
A mini-case study from PLUS on learning from evaluation during lockdown.