The following case studies are examples of the way ESS works with third sector organisations and funders.
Each organisation tells their own story about their evaluation journey and how they are evaluating successfully.
Girlguiding Scotland: Understanding the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ of evaluation
This case study by Girlguiding Scotland is about how to embed evaluation across an organisation who are dependent on volunteers.
Setting Outcomes Case Study – Taking a team approach to develop a theory of change (The Ecology Centre)
This case study from The Ecology Centre is about how working as a team can help develop good evaluation practice .
Evaluation planning at the start of a project can give unexpected benefits (Waverley Care)
An interesting look into the unexpected benefits of early planning.
Setting Outcomes Case Study – We’re all on the same page now! (Music 4 U)
This case study is about how a range of evaluation support helped Music 4 U get to grips with evaluation.
Evaluation planning – The value of extended tailored support (Shared Care Scotland)
This case study is about how Shared Care Scotland (SCS) created an evaluation system for the Short Breaks Fund grants. To do this, SCS commissioned five tailored support sessions with ESS over 10 months.
Embedding Evaluation Case Study: Consultation and involvement: Using staff experience to inform evaluation systems (Victim Support Scotland)
This case study is about how Victim Support Scotland developed organisation-wide outcomes, indicators and evidence collection methods.
Embedding Evaluation Case Study: Evaluation Champions help embed evaluation (Who Cares? Scotland)
Who Cares? Scotland developed organisational evaluation champions to help embed evaluation throughout their organisation.
Evaluating a helpline Case Study – Measuring the impact of a remote service (Pain Concern)
This case study is about the steps Pain Concern took in order to capture the difference their telephone helpline makes for people living in chronic pain.
Funders and funded relationships Case Study: ESS working in partnership with funders (The ALLIANCE)
Martha Lester-Cribb, ESS Evaluation Support Manager has provided workshops and support to third sector organisations funded through The ALLIANCE Self Management IMPACT Fund. In this case study, first published in
Funders and funded relationships case study: Doing something different to feedback to our funders (Lightburn Elderly Association Project)
Shows funders how being flexible with reporting requirements can help funded organisations tell their story
Funders and funded relationships case study: Clear communication and constructive feedback (Befrienders Highland)
Shows how the Big Lottery Fund supports the organisations they fund throughout the application and reporting stages.
Funders and funded relationships Case Study: Adapting project outcomes if things don’t initially work out (CHANGES Community Health Project)
Shows how a learning approach can mutually benefit both funders and funded organisations
Intermediaries Impact case study – Planning for impact (Learning Link Scotland)
This case study is about how Learning Link Scotland used ‘A resource for understanding intermediaries’ impact’ as part of a planning day.
Intermediaries Impact case study – Developing a strategy for impact (Befriending Networks)
This case study is about how Befriending Networks used ‘a resource for understanding intermediaries’ impact’ to develop their organisation’s strategy.
Intermediaries Impact Case Study – Developing a monitoring and evaluation strategy (Self-directed Support Scotland)
This case study is about how Self-directed Support Scotland used ‘A resource for understanding intermediaries’ impact’ to develop their monitoring and evaluation strategy.
Intermediaries Impact Case Study – Developing a framework for external evaluation (Scottish Mentoring Network)
This case study is about how Scottish Mentoring Network used ‘a resource for understanding intermediaries’ impact’ to evaluate their organisation.
Measuring what matters case study – RoSPA
Case study from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) on how they used the framework to help evaluate the impact of their water safety workshops with partners.
User Involvement Case Study: Championing evaluation – YoMo
YoMo Health Champions show the benefits of involving young people in evaluation.
User Involvement Case Study: Getting evaluation done without lots of moans and groans! – SWYDT
This case study from Springhall and Whitlawburn Youth Development Team is about the benefits of involving young people in evaluation and may be of interest to any third sector organisation keen
User Involvement Case Study: Music to my ears – Beatroute Arts
Where We Belong, run by Beatroute Arts in Balornock in North East Glasgow provides young people from the area with the opportunity to take part in musical drop-in sessions, performances
User Involvement Case Study: The power of the emoji – Gowrie
This case study from Gowrie Care’s Streets Ahead service shows how the organisation involved their service users in evaluation. Key message: It won’t always be smooth sailing… but that is ok!
User Involvement Case Study: Youth Ambassadors leading on evaluation – RASAC
In June 2019 Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Perth and Kinross (RASAC P&K) asked their Youth Ambassadors (their young people’s peer mentoring and campaigning group) to help evaluate the support
User Involvement Case Study: Getting the balance right – SWYDT
Springhall and Whitlawburn Youth Development Team have been supporting young people to take the lead on evaluation since 2018, with the ambition that they will be able to run the whole