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Reflection on Inspiring Impact events 2017/18

In this blog Elaine Mowat, The Welcoming, reflects on her experiences and learning from attending last year’s Inspiring Impact Network events. Reflection on Inspiring Impact events 2017/18 Making it stick,

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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Is it possible to evaluate influencing policy work?

Many third sector organisations are involved in trying to influence policy makers using the experience of, and giving a voice to the people who use their services.  But have you

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Time to Change the Way We Think: using the Change Record tool

Grant Morrison, Sports Development Officer, Glasgow Sport explains how they used the Change Record tool to improve new cycling activities in Drumchapel. Simply put, every organisation that receives funding wants

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The power of self-evaluation

The new year marks Nicola Swan’s third month in post as an Evaluation Support Manager.  In this blog Nicola shares some of her first impressions of Evaluation Support Scotland and