At Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) we promote self-evaluation. By learning how to evaluate your own activity you will discover what works or doesn’t, and how to make use of that learning to measure the difference you are making.
Our focus is on outcomes. But we do not promote a single evaluation tool. We encourage different and creative ways to engage people in evaluation.
Navigating the evaluation pathway is one way of getting started or checking that you are progressing.
At each stage of the Evaluation Pathway you can see the appropriate ESS workshop to help you get to grips with this stage, as well as guides, tools and other resources. If you are looking for specific resources take a look at our Resources pages.
Support for more tricky evaluation
See below for support to get started with evaluation but if you are looking for support for more tricky evaluation issues here are some pages and resources to help with particular situations.
Much of our work in the third sector is about preventing people’s situations from deteriorating but proving that is what we do can be tricky.
Involving users in evaluation
Over the last few years ESS has been supporting third sector organisations to involve people they work with in evaluation.
This page explores how and why to evaluate partnerships along with some useful resources.
If you need support evaluating your asset-based projects we have several guides to help.
Evaluating prevention resource
This PowerPoint presentation fully explains how to evaluate prevention. It explores 5 steps to evaluating prevention.
When to put a price tag on it (2017)
This guide will be of interest to you if you work in the third sector and are interested in doing economic evaluation for funding reasons. It will help you have