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Our support to funders

"ESS demonstrated  just how easily evaluation can be embedded into the delivery of services" Fiona Jamieson, The Robertson Trust

ESS works regularly with independent Trusts and Foundations as well as Scottish Government and other Third Sector commissioners.  We have funders on our Board as well as developing partnerships through the Scotland Funders’ Forum and most major funders of the Third Sector.

We continuously develop our support in response to what funders tell us they need.

We can help you answer:

  • How can we help the projects we fund to improve their evaluation?
  • How can we better understand what difference our funding makes?
  • How can we get better at using the information we receive to inform our strategy?
  • How can we use the evidence we get to influence practice and policy?

What difference do we make to funders

Read about what difference we made to funders since 2014 in the 'What did ESS ever do for us? report here

Find out more about our:

Funder Development Programme

"I have learned a massive amount about the funded projects, self-evaluation, outcomes and the importance of evidence to support outcomes and the list goes on". Elaine Black, Scottish Government  

Funder blogs

Funder news

Case studies

Nicola Swan, ESS Evaluation Support Manager interviewed some third sector organisations and funders to explore issues around improving relationships between funder and funded organisation. She has written three case studies to illustrate the learning:

Clear communication and constructive feedback - shows how the Big Lottery Fund supports the organisations they fund throughout the application and reporting stages. 

"Doing something different to feedback to our funders" - shows funders how being flexible with reporting requirements can help funded organisations tell their story

Adapting project outcomes if things don't initially work out - shows how a learning approach can mutually benefit both funders and funded organisations

Funder Learning Programme

From 2014-18 a grant from The Robertson Trust has allowed us to run a Funder Learning Programme of events, training and resources for funder learning. 

Keep in touch...

We send occasional funder e-bulletins with news of events, masterclasses and resources. If you would like to receive this information please join our funder mailing list by emailing us.


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