Understanding intermediaries' impact
Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) is working with national third sector intermediaries about how they measure and report on their impact. We undertook a small scoping study between January and March 2017 to gather information about what support, if any, national third sector intermediaries need. The study involved desk research to identify relevant work done previously and one to one conversations with intermediaries and a few relevant Scottish Government officials.
On July 24th 2017 presented a discussion paper to a seminar of intermediaries and officials who feedback thier views and gave suggestions to shape the next steps. Read the report here.
The report includes:
- Defining the territory: what is an intermediary, who are they and what do they do
- Understanding intermediary impact: what we mean and gaps in the evidence base
- What we found out about evaluating impact: how impact is measured, who cares, types of outcome and types of activity towards these outcomes, methods used, measurement challenges
- Conclusion and next steps: if there is a need for help with impact measurement, issues for future work and what we propose.
We will analyse the feedback. and depending on what the sector tells us it wants and needs, this work may continue, for example, with a learning set to create an intermediaries logic model and evaluation framework.
Defining national third sector intermediaries: ‘a third sector organisation whose members are other third sector organisations and whose role (partly or wholly) is to represent and support those members’. To avoid confusion this does not include Third Sector Interfaces.
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