The Evaluation Pathway        

Evaluation Pathway

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 just one 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. 

Pathway Stages

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. 

Evaluation Pathway Stage 1

Setting outcomes & indicators

Our training, resources and support will help you to ensure that everyone is on board with your evaluation process. And you have clear statements about the outcomes of your project or organisation.

Setting outcomes & indicators

Evaluation Pathway Stage 2

Collecting evidence

Helping you to find different ways to collect information about the difference you are making and fit evaluation into your project or organisation.

Collecting evidence

Evaluation Pathway Stage 3

Analysing and Reporting

Understanding your data and presenting it in a meaningful way.

Analysing and Reporting

Evaluation Pathway Stage 4

Acting on your learning

Helping you to use your findings to communicate what you have learnt and change your practice.

Acting on your learning

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.

Evaluating Prevention

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.

Evaluating Partnerships

This page explores how and why to evaluate partnerships along with some useful resources.

Asset-based approaches

If you need support evaluating your asset-based projects we have several guides to help.

  • Evaluating prevention resource

    This guide shares learning from our work about how to evaluate prevention.  We suggest approaches you can take and share examples from the third sector.

  • 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