How to use our resources
ESS resources are free to use. Some tools from other organisations may entail a cost, when this is the case it is clearly marked.
Search our resources for a range of evaluation guides, tools, and case studies on every aspect of evaluation. Resources are categorised by area/field of work, theme, or evaluation challenge. Each category includes guides, tools and case studies.
You can use the search box below to search by key word or you can browse our online library by ‘type’ or ‘subject’:
- ESS Support Guides
- Evaluation methods and tools
- Resources by theme including our thematic programmes resources
- Case Studies and Blogs
- Consultants Database, Using External Consultants
- Scottish Third Sector Research Forum papers and resources
Please contact us if you need advice or assistance.
What is an outcome?
Listen to Shona Wells, ESS Training Officer explain what an outcome is in one minute
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Don't know where to start?
If you are new to evaluation we suggest you start by looking at the Evaluation Pathway to learn about setting outcomes, collecting evidence, analysing and reporting, and acting on your learning. See Evaluation Pathway for resources to help at each stage.
For most people our support guides are the starting point and may be enough to start.
See Evaluation in a minute videos:
Want to improve how you evaluate?
Use the embedding impact practice guide - 'Making it stick' and 'Making it stick diagnostic wheel' to diagnose the extent to which people collect and use outcome information in practice. See embedding evaluation page for further ideas and example case studies.
Use Measuring up lite for a mix of both of the questions above.
Want to know how to use your evidence?
Look at resources in Using evidence pages