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Our work with the Scottish Government

Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) works with Scottish Government Third Sector Unit (TSU) to promote and support the third sector’s contribution to public service reform and to reducing inequalities

A key way to improve public services is to embed evaluation and learning from the third sector in service design, development and implementation.  We facilitate the Scottish Government and third sector to work together to use evidence and evaluation improve services, based on ‘what works’.  

See below infographic on our key messages from our work with the Scottish Government:

The National Performance Framework – What does it mean for the third sector

A new National Performance Framework was launched in June 2018. It sets out a vision for national wellbeing in Scotland and measures achievement in relation to this. Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) and the Scottish Government Outcomes and Sustainable Goals Team and Third Sector Unit ran a short session in June 2019 for third sector organisations to explore what the NPF means for the third sector.

We are working with Scottish Government and SCVO on practical next steps.  Please get in touch if you are using the NPF and have learning to share.

Case studies 

We have captured three case studies from different third sector organisations who have used the National Performance Framework (NPF) in their work.

  • Befriending Networks provides support, training and guidance to befriending projects across the country. They recently used the NPF when considering applying for new funding.
  • The Scottish SPCA has been re-evaluating how it reports on its activities and measures its impact. They used the NPF as a key tool in setting out their 2020 business plan. 
  • Scottish Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and its members have been considering how they can collectively improve evidencing the impact of their work on non-arts priorities for Scotland. The NPF provided inspiration for this work.

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