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We run various open workshops throughout the year to support those involved with third sector organisations with their evaluation needs. Scroll down to see our upcoming workshops, or click to find more information about our:


We run a variety of one-off events to share our learning on specific topics. Scroll down to see our upcoming events, or click for more information:

Virtual workshop 

Evaluating Policy Influence


Thursday 2nd May 2024, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Venue Information

We are running this workshop using Zoom video conferencing.  You’ll need a stable internet connection (and preferably a webcam and microphone).  We’ll email in advance with a link, password and all the materials you will need for the workshop. For more information, please read our Participant guide for using Zoom.

Who is this event for?

Staff in Scotland third sector organisations who undertake policy influencing.


£96.00 inclusive of VAT

Workshop Description

Policy influencing is challenging – working out if you are making a difference is even harder! Policy making itself is complex and work to influence policy is not linear and takes time.  Even if the change you want actually happens it’s unlikely you can say that was wholly thanks to you!

So, can you actually evaluate policy influence – and if so, how?

There are no magic answers! But this workshop will provide practical tips and tools on how to tackle the challenge.

At this workshop you will learn to:

  • Set realistic outcomes for policy influencing activities
  • Identify methods to collect evidence about those outcomes
  • Use evidence to report on policy influencing activities 

How our workshops run:

There will be a mixture of PowerPoint presentation and trainer guided exercises. We’ll help you learn from other participants and apply the learning to your work. There will be an icebreaker exercise at the start of the day to get to know each other. Participants will be placed in small groups to complete group activities.

For an engaging learning environment, we expect all attendees to actively participate in our workshops and to commit your full attention to the whole session. Please read our digital etiquette and best practice for online events.

About ESS workshops:

Evaluation Support Scotland are accessible. We use plain English. We work in a way that meets the different needs and abilities of people and organisations. We ask you if you have any access needs when we work with you and ensure that, as far as possible, we meet them.  Please ask us if you want to see our equalities policy.


To enquire about this workshop please Contact us for help and advice.


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