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ESS Support Guide 1.2 - Developing a Logic Model

This guide comes out of work that we did with funding from NHS Health Scotland to help build understanding about logic modelling. For that reason we focus on health in this guide. But the concepts are relevant for any subject area.

ESS Support Guide 1: Setting Outcomes

This guide is a basic introduction. It helps you work out what your outcomes are and how to write them. It clarifies the connection between what you do (your services and activities) and the impact you are trying to make (your outcomes). It introduces the Weaver's Triangle (otherwise known as ...

ESS Support Guide 2.1: Developing and using indicators

This guide explains ways to develop and use indicators to help you measure your outcomes.

ESS Support Guide 2.2: Using interviews and questionnaires to evaluate your project

This guide covers some of the more traditional approaches to collect information for your evaluation: questionnaires, interviews and group interviews (focus groups) and gives advice on how to use them.

ESS Support Guide 2.3: Visual Approaches

This guide covers some visual approaches you can use to collect information for evaluation: relationship maps, service use maps, lifelines, body maps and evaluation wheels.

ESS Support Guide 2.4: Using Technology to Evaluate your Work

This guide covers some ways you can use technology to collect information for evaluation: video, digital photographs and audio recording.

ESS Support Guide 2.5: Storing Information

This guide looks at how to store the information you need to use in evaluation.

ESS Support Guide 3.1 - Analysing information for evaluation

This guide covers how you can analyse and make sense of the information you have gathered through evaluation so that you can write reports.

ESS Support Guide 3.2 - Writing case studies

One of the ways we report on our work and our evaluation is through case studies. This support guide gives some tips on how to write case studies .

ESS Support Guide 3.3: Report writing

This guide helps you think about how to turn your evaluation information into a report for funders and others.

ESS Support Guide 3.4 - Using Qualitative Information for Evaluation

This guide will help you to think through how you can make use of qualitative information in evaluation. It looks at what qualitative information you might already be collecting, how you might analyse that information and how you might use it alongside quantitative information to report on your activities and ...

ESS Support Guide 4.1: Using what you learn from evaluation

This support guide explains about the many different ways you can use evaluation for example to get better at what you do, to engage service users, or to secure funding.

ESS Support Guide 5.1: Getting the best from an external evaluation

This guide covers how you can get the best from an external evaluation, it considers the need for an external consultant, hiring an external consultant, the evaluation budget, managing the external evaluation and learning the lessons.

How to budget for self-evaluation

In a recent survey Evaluation Support Scotland conducted, 100% of you thought that evaluation was more important now and in the future than it has ever been before. However, only 49% of you said that you budgeted for evaluation in the last project you did. This short guide is about ...