Outcomes Approach

ESS has always promoted an outcomes approach when it comes to self-evaluation because outcomes are about the difference that your organisation makes.

But we also understand that the outcomes approach can sometimes be tricky! Over many years we’ve developed loads of resources and held events on various outcomes topics – from defining outcomes, to setting outcomes, and mapping outcomes – just to name a few.

On this page we signpost to some of our work to support you in using the outcomes approach to evaluation. We aim to keep updating this page.



Understanding different outcomes – personal, organisational, strategic




Mapping personal outcomes to project-level outcomes

Shona Wells, ESS Training Officer talks about how she helps third sector organisations see a way to use personal outcomes to show the difference their service makes.

Other resources on mapping various outcomes


  • Third Sector Interface Outcome Framework

    ESS was commissioned by Scottish Government to facilitate the development of an outcomes framework for third sector interfaces for the work that Scottish Government directly fund through the Third Sector Division.

For general support in setting outcomes 

ESS Support Guides

‘Evaluation Explained’ videos

Case Studies

Tweet Wall of the ‘Outcomes everywhere but which are mine?’ peer-learning online event in May 2021

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