What to expect at our workshops

We are currently only delivering virtual workshops by Zoom video conferencing.

We have produced some instructions about how to join your virtual workshop.

If you have any difficulties with accessing your workshop please email Lucy

The information on this page aims to help you to get a picture  of how our workshops run so that you can let us know if there is anything we need to do or be aware of to help you get the most out of attending.

Our Let’s Evaluate! workshops are designed to give you an introduction to evaluation and an overview of key principles. They work well for people with different amounts of experience of evaluation, including people who are brand new to it. We encourage people to attend Getting Started before coming along to the other workshops.

The workshops are for a maximum of 14 participants (with no more than 2 people from the same organisation). The workshops give you a chance to hear from other organisations and share ideas and learn together.

How the workshops run: 

All of our workshops involve a combination of:

  • The trainer talking through and explaining our guidance on how to do self-evaluation (with opportunity to ask questions)
  • A Powerpoint presentation with handouts provided
  • Ice breaker activities to get people talking and to get to know each other
  • Small group/pairs work to apply what you are learning to a question or problem
  • Time to apply the learning points to your own work and write notes on templates provided.

How you participate, and how we can support you:

Listening – to the trainer’s explanations and to feedback from other participants

Reading – all workshops involve some reading which includes information or instructions for activities from handouts, and the powerpoint presentation. Please let us know in advance if you need extra time or materials in a different format.

Writing – in group activities there is a small amount of note taking required that one person from the group can do for everyone. For individual reflection time and completing provided templates it is your choice how much you write, and you will not be asked to share this with anyone unless you would like to do so.

Speaking – we will ask you to introduce yourself to the group, there will be group activities where you chat with others, and we encourage you to ask questions either individually or in front of the whole group.

Working with others – our workshops give you a chance to discuss issues with organisations who may face similar challenges, so working together and learning from each other are important for the sessions.

The way we work

We are accessible.  We use plain English. We are friendly.  We work in a way that meets the different needs and abilities of people and organisations.

We work collaboratively with organisations, combining their expertise with ours to generate evaluation approaches they can own, develop and run with.

We use different and creative ways to engage people in evaluation.  We promote a wide range of evaluation tools.

We are a centre of expertise on self-evaluation in the third sector and we share what we know.

We work in positive partnership with others, sharing our learning and adding value to the expertise of others. We provide effective platforms for evaluation evidence to reach intended (and unintended) audiences.

We promote a culture of learning within ESS.  We seek feedback from everyone we work with so we learn from our successes and weaknesses and get better at what we do.

ESS is a good place to work.  We support and develop our staff and trustees so they can fulfill their roles and feel valued. 

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