Embedding and leading evaluation

At ESS we encourage organisations to embed evaluation in their everyday work. Our years of experience supporting third sector organisations with evaluation tell us that the more people across your organisation get involved in the evaluation process, the more likely it is that you reach your outcomes, gather useful learning and use evaluation to improve your services. Embedding evaluation means developing a culture of evaluation with your organisation.

How do you start embedding evaluation in your everyday work? We have general resources on embedding evaluation, and more specifically, about leadership in evaluation.

Embedding Evaluation

Guides and tools

ESS principles for good evaluation

ESS developed these 5 evaluation principles for good evaluation


Case studies

Top tips

Leadership in Evaluation

ESS has become aware that to embed evaluation successfully often requires a leader of evaluation in an organisation. Between September and December 2020, we explored what leadership in evaluation looks like, and what is required to make a successful leader in evaluation.

The questions we set out to ask leaders in evaluation are:

  • What do we mean by leadership in evaluation?
  • What characteristics, skills and knowledge do leaders in evaluation require to be leaders in their organisation?
  • What support do leaders in evaluation need?
  • What support can Evaluation Support Scotland deliver to leaders in evaluation?

Based on our research, we produced the ‘Leadership in enquiry report’ below that details our learning about the topic. You can also download two supplementary documents below: 1) Key messages about leadership in evaluation, and 2) Person specification listed in evaluation.

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