Members of the group, pictured with ESS's Steven Marwick.

Funder evaluation and learning group

This is a peer support group for people who work in funders in Scotland and have a role in to undertake or support evaluation and learning within their fund and amongst grantholders. It is facilitated by ESS.

The group meets roughly three times a year to share ideas, experiences and challenges about:

  • supporting grantholders on evaluation, reporting and learning
  • commissioning, undertaking and using evaluation at project and programme level
  • how funders evaluate themselves

The group enables members to:

  • connect to like-minded individuals in similar roles
  • know what other funders are working on 
  • share ideas and insights about evaluation practice and common themes
  • have a sounding board for challenges


Learning and Unlearning Together – Member Elaine writes about why this group is useful! Click here to read.

See below for our blogs:

‘Good News! Funders to read and use grantholder reports!’ which contains some tips about gathering and using grantholder learning for funders.

‘Involving lived and living experience – what this means for funders’ which offers some reflections that might be of interest to other funders and the third sector.

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Good news! Funders do read and use grantholder reports!

Good news – some funders are using grantholder learning and doing so well! This blog contains some tips from the Funder Evaluation and Learning group that might interest grantholders and inspire other funders.

Read the Funder Evaluation and Learning group remit here.

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