Evaluation Support Accounts

An Evaluation Support Account (ESA) is where a funder pays for funded organisations to get evaluation support.  An ESA can include:

  • Free access to ESS’s practical evaluation workshops.
  • Tailored support to help individual organisations design evaluation systems, analyse data and learn from their evaluation information.  
  • Peer support sessions bringing grantholders together to share experiences and ideas.
  • Shared learning programmes where we facilitate projects working in a similar field to bring together impact evidence and learning.

Feedback from funders and funded organisations shows that ESAs

  1. Build organisations’ evaluation confidence and capacity 
  2. Use learning from evaluation for celebration and improvement
  3. Improve their reporting to funders 
  4. Help them apply successfully for funding from other funders

Listed below are funders with current or recent ESAs:

  • The National Lottery Community Fund
  • RS MacDonald Charitable Trust
  • The Robertson Trust 
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation 
  • The Health and Social Care Alliance 
  • Go for it Fund 
  • Corra Foundation 

This short presentation has learning from our ESA with The National Lottery Community Fund.

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