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Blog written by Martha Lester-Cribb for The Alliance

It should be self-evident … “Third sector organisations provide quite a lot of the support available to help people with their self-management”.  Not particularly controversial. “Good evidence helps service commissioners make


Making sense of data or analysis paralysis?

In this blog Steven Marwick talks about the challenges of analysing evaluation feedback and asks what sort of support you need to do more advanced analysis on your data. You


Sharing the news and feedback from your evaluation

Sharing the news and feedback from your evaluation – a reflective blog from Diane Kennedy about key messages she took away from our June Inspiring Impact network event Last month

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ESS Summer Newsletter 2018

In this issue find out about extending our tailored support, inspired learning, upcoming workshops and much more. View the newsletter here.


TSRF Summer Newsletter 2018

In this issue:TSRF plans for work in 2018/19New member – YouthLink ScotlandResearch updates from our membersInternshipsNew resourcesKeep up with the Forum View this newsletter here.


Fit-for-purpose evaluation – if I knew then what I know now!

Here Shona Wells, Training Officer, talks about how using fit-for-purpose evaluation methods can make life easier for the volunteers, service users and staff members involved Since joining the team at

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Funder news June 2018

In this issue learn about our final report on Funder Learning Programme, Evaluation Support Accounts updates, our work with national intermediaries and much more. View the Funder news here.


Networking for impact

Networking for impact Inspiring Impact’s partner in Scotland Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) is a long-time advocate of peer learning and our experience is that people really value opportunities to make


Facing the fear of evaluation

“Evaluation means a lot of extra work!” “The only reason to evaluate is because funders demand it!” “Evaluation is always better if it’s done by someone external!” At Evaluation Support


Funders really DON’T just want numbers – honest!

Nicola Swan, Evaluation Support Manager talks about what funders really want to be told from organisations applying for funding (Initially published in Big Lottery Fund Big Blog) Whether it’s outright