Evaluation Support Scotland Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) works with third sector organisations and funders so that they can measure and report on their impact. Our aim is to make evaluation valuable, relevant and proportionate. Our website gives access to evaluation tools and support. We explain our work with funders to make reporting more useful. And we share learning about the difference the third sector makes. The website provides many tools – we have listed several below the […]
The dark side of coproduction: do the costs outweigh the benefits for health research? (Oliver, K., Kothari, A., & Mays, N., 2019) “Coproduction is an exciting approach to research that can generate truly novel, unexpected outputs. However, it takes investment, skills, time and courtesy. Engaging stakeholders should be done for the right reasons and in the right way…” Research organisations and funders need to consider: 1. How to create (co-create) and support the infrastructure and […]
The Carnegie Trust “As public services face increasing challenges in the face of economic, social and demographic pressures how do we improve lives effectively? Evidence informed policy and practice will be key. Stimulated by debates at a roundtable discussion with senior stakeholders from academia, the third sector and government this paper examines the particular public policy context in Scotland and implications for evidence use and generation. It argues that cross sectoral stakeholders in Scotland have […]
Choosing the correct impact data to collect can often be a confusing hurdle for charities faced with the constraints of limited resources. In September 2015 we hosted an event to try and demystify this topic, and to help attendees understand the best to approach impact data collection. This short briefing summarises advice from the speakers on the day, and draws on the experience of those in attendance. The main themes discussed were: the different types of impact […]
A discussion paper on standards of evidence and what can be considered “good”. See the appendixes for examples of evidence in different Social Policy areas and contexts. https://www.alliance4usefulevidence.org/assets/What-Counts-as-Good-Evidence-WEB.pdf ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Balancing act: A guide to proportionate evaluation A guide is to help people think through what proportionate and meaningful evaluation design looks like for their organisation. In doing so it draws on the literature on standards of evidence as one way of framing what good […]
Durose, C., Mangam, C., Needham, C., Rees, J. (2014). Evaluating Co-Production: Pragmatic Approaches to Building the Evidence Base. https://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/conference/papers/2014/Evidencing%20Coproduction%20PSA%20paper,%20final.pdf A summary paper examining the issues surrounding how co-production is evidenced in an objective and quantifiable, cost effective manner.