What do I need to know?

  • How does our organisation evaluate its work?
  • Does our organisation have an evaluation plan?
  • Do we receive reports about the organisation’s activity and impact at board meetings?
  • Does each project have its own evaluation plan, and outcomes?
  • How do Trustees get involved in creating the Trustees’ Annual Report? (See ‘Where are the Trustees in the Annual Trustees Report‘ blog).

You may have a logic model which shows your short, medium and long term organisational outcomes. See ESS logic model guides below:

You can also check out ESS case studies for ideas about evaluation planning.

What can I do as a trustee?

  • Be enthusiastic about evaluation, be an evaluation champion.
  • Read your organisation’s past evaluation reports.
  • Ask questions about how your organisation is making a difference and what evidence it is based on, such as:
    • What are we learning?
    • Are we using our learning to improve our services and making decisions?
    • Can we use our learning to influence others working in the same field or to influence policy?

Questions to ask yourself and fellow trustees

  • Are we on board with evaluation, enthusiastic and want to know how the organisation benefits our service users?
  • Does the board receive appropriate evaluation reports and act on them?

What can ESS do?

Trustees are welcome to join their staff (or on their own) to attend our ‘Let’s Evaluate!‘ workshops and other ESS learning events. You may also want more tailored support.

Get in touch with ESS to discuss your evaluation needs.

Relevant Resources


ESS resources about evaluation

External resources

The focus of this page is on trustees’ role in ensuring you know the difference your charity makes.  Of course you also want to know that your organisation is running well.  For more help on that see SCVO’s Good Governance page or the Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations (PQASSO).

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