Commissioned workshops

These workshops are designed to teach third sector organisations how to evaluate their work. They can be commissioned and delivered to a group of staff within a single organisation, either in-person or online.

Intermediaries, funders and local authorities can also commission us to run workshops for their members or funded organisations.

Read more about our booking process, workshop costs, how our workshops will run, and our terms and conditions here.

“Let’s Evaluate!”is athree-part training programme designed to help third sector organisations demonstrate the difference they make. The programme involves a combination of: trainer input to explain evaluation simply; exercises to help participants understand evaluation; and time for participants to apply the learning to their own work.

The “Let’s Evaluate” programme is available as an open, or commissioned workshop. Below is some important information to help you decide whether or not commissioning the programme is right for you. 

What’s the benefit in commissioning “Let’s Evaluate!” for my team?

Commissioning us to run ”Let’s Evaluate!” in-house is a good option if you have between 8 and 14 staff who would benefit from being trained together. Often this results in evaluation being better embedded within your day-to-day practice and within the culture of your team or organisation. 

The content is the same as the open programme, but we exclude some of the generic exercises in favour of giving you more time to consider how the learning applies to your own context.

Please note that “Let’s Evaluate!” is training. Whilst we try our best to be flexible and allow you time to have useful discussions during the workshops, we can’t do bespoke tailoring to the programme. If it’s a tailored support session you need instead of training, please click here.

If only one or two of your staff have evaluation training needs, the best option is for them to book on to our open “Let’s Evaluate!” programme – click here for more information.

What does the programme consist of?

“Let’s Evaluate!” takes participants through each step of the evaluation pathway

It consists of the below three workshops: 

In this stimulating workshop you will learn what outcomes and indicators are and how they can help explain the difference your work makes. You will learn how to set project-level outcomes that are relevant to your service users, and how to identify indicators to help you measure those outcomes.  
Outcomes and indicators are the crucial building blocks of evaluation and we strongly encourage all participants to attend Getting Started before attending the rest of the programme. 

At this workshop you will learn how to:  

  • Understand the importance of outcomes and indicators  
  • Write clear outcomes for your project/organisation  
  • Set indicators to help measure whether you are achieving your outcomes  

In this creative workshop you will explore the questions and processes involved in choosing fit-for-purpose evaluation methods; those that will help you measure your outcome indicators in a way that suits your project and its service users. You will also consider how to keep evaluation proportionate to your work and resources.  

At this workshop you will learn how to: 

  • Understand the steps and principles to follow when choosing or developing evaluation methods 
  • Use different methods and tools to collect information about your outcomes 
  • Put in place a monitoring and evaluation plan for your project/organisation 

This informative workshop investigates how to pull evidence together and make sense of it, even though it might be coming from different places and consist of different types of data. Using evaluation for learning is just as important as using it to provide outcome evidence for your funders and this workshop examines how you can achieve both and more.  

At this workshop you will learn how to:  

  • Analyse information collected to evidence the achievement of your project outcomes   
  • Report on the achievement of project outcomes to funders and stakeholders  
  • Learn from the analysis to improve project delivery  
What is the commitment?

The programme is made up of three full day workshops (10am to 4pm). Participants will benefit most if they attend all three days.  

Participants are expected to undertake a small amount of “homework” between each workshop in order to get the most out of the programme. For this reason, we suggest allowing at least a fortnight between each workshop. 

Usually you will arrange the venue and catering. The room should be big enough to accommodate a maximum of 14 participants and 1 trainer, and should contain tables, a flipchart, and a projector or screen. 

I am interested in commissioning the programme; how do I proceed?

Please speak to your contact at ESS, who will be happy to discuss next steps with you. Alternatively, please get in touch via 

Are you funding or running a programme with small, community projects that are entirely new to self-evaluation and need help to get started with simple evaluation systems?

If so, you can commission us to provide two half-day, online workshops for those small groups that cover the very basics of good evaluation.

Part 1 will cover outcomes, indicators and evaluation methods

Part 2 will cover analysis and reporting

You can commission part 1 on its own or both parts together (but not part 2 alone).

These workshops are only suitable for small community groups that are part of a common local funding or support programme.

Cost per workshop£660
This cost includes VAT.

Topic specific workshops

This workshop introduces you to logic models to:

  • Plan and evaluate your work  
  • Manage complexity when planning projects, e.g. calculating the impact of multiple projects or complex interventions 
  • Link local outcomes to national or higher-level outcomes 

As part of our everyday work, we hear about many people’s experiences of their lives, what’s important and how they experience services. In this workshop we will explore how we can make better use of that rich information to show we are making a difference, to improve our services and to feed into policy and system improvement in general. This means being more deliberate about collecting, analysing and reporting people’s experiences. 

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to: 

  • Explain why and how people’s experiences and more qualitative feedback can be used in monitoring & evaluation 
  • Understand the difference between experiences and case studies 
  • Use simple methods to collect and record and analyse people’s experiences 
  • Review how you currently hear, record and use people’s experiences 

Thrive Training is a certified course designed to help practitioners understand more about how to use physical activity or sport to achieve a range of outcomes. The course involves 3 days’ worth of training over 3 months, with some additional work-based learning, and is particularly suited to those working full time in this field. This training is currently FREE to those in Scotland.

The Thrive Learning Programme was developed and delivered by Evaluation Support Scotland and Actify.

This image contains a quote from one of our Thrive participants which reads: "All very thought-provoking, and though there were massive leaps of learning for me, it has helped to bring pieces together and allow for more forward thinking when undertaking a project."
A quote from one of our Thrive participants

Read more about our booking process, workshop costs, how our workshops will run, and our terms and conditions here.

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