Go Play

Go Play was a programme run by Inspiring Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government to grow the play sector in Scotland, offering more chances for children aged 5 to 13 years to participate in free play.

Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) and Inspiring Scotland worked with a group of funded play charities to explain in simple terms:

  • The problem or need that play and play charities are addressing
  • The outcomes of play organisations and play – and how they link to the National Performance Framework
  • How to evaluate the outcomes of play and play charities

As a result of this work we developed the Go Play Outcome Evaluation Framework which included:

  • a practice based logic model which described the outcomes from the play sector
  • a desk review of literature to evidence the need the play sector is meeting
  • a section looking at evidencing the outcomes from play
  • a list of indicators and common methods
  • the 4 case studies of play organisations, with logic models and examples of how they evaluated their work

To download a copy for the Go Play Outcome and Evaluation Pack click here


Following the evaluation of the Go Play programme, Inspiring Scotland is re-funding part of the Go Play portfolio through the Go2Play programme. This consists of 8 ventures who provide ‘play rangers’ to encourage children to play outdoors.

ESS worked with funded organisations to develop a simpler set of outcomes and indicators to report on and a common reporting template.