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Blog: Collaborating for change – how do you measure success?

Steven Marwick, ESS’s director, talks about the challenges of evaluating collaborative work I regularly come across words like collaboration and coproduction. Defining these words can be challenging and I won’t attempt


Blog: Impact measurement – a social activity

In this blog Lucy de Las Casas, NPC, and Patty Lozano-Casal, ESS, share their learning from Inspiring Impact’s first sub-sector partnership with Sported. Read how the process of measuring impact


April update 2017 – ESS is recruiting trustees

Would you like to shape ESS’s future?  Do you have a passion for evaluation and a few hours a month to spare? We are recruiting new trustees to join our board. View


Blog: Sometimes it’s the simple things that help

Diane Kennedy, Depute Director, ESS shares a nugget of wisdom: ‘keeping things simple can often be best’ which she was reminded of when working on Threading the Needle in Glasgow.


Blog: Gathering the threads – Horizontal Learning

Joanna Clark, Projects Manager works for Fife Voluntary Action and was involved in Threading the Needle in Fife. In her blog she reflects on horizontal learning and exchange between third

Newsletter ESS Newsletter 

ESS Spring Newsletter 2017

In this issueThreading the Needle comes to an endUpcoming w orkshopsEvidence from Elsew here – new guide publishedCatch up w ith the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum New resource for


TSRF Spring Newsletter 2017

In this issue:Evidence from Elsewhere guide – newly publishedAnother ‘Let’s Collaborate’ event planned – Save the dateResearch updates from our membersKeep up with the Forum View this newsletter here.


Blog: Threading the Needle – how we connect

Martha Lester-Cribb, Evaluation Support Manager who worked on Threading the Needle in Fife and North Ayrshire shares a pictorial illustration of ‘the layers of support in our society’ which was developed


Blog: Threading the Needle – We’re still explorers

Helen MacKinnon, Chief Officer, Third Sector Interface, PKAVS (Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service) gives her reflections on ‘Gathering the Needle’ – the final event of the Threading the


ESS is working with national intermediaries

Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) is working with national third sector intermediaries about how they measure and report on their impact. This small scoping project running between January and March 2017


Ending homelessness by focusing on ‘what works’

Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN) have announced their intention to create a new dedicated body to improve the lives of people affected by homelessness by instigating a shift in