Evaluation and Learning

We see ourselves as much more than a funder, but as genuine partners in the delivery of projects which contribute to our key purpose - bringing about long term improvements in societal wellbeing.

Our approach to evaluation and learning is informed by the Funders’ principles and drivers of good impact practice, produced as part of the Inspiring Impact project which provides valuable resources and tools for impact measurement for charities and social enterprises.

Our expectations 

We expect each of our partners to evaluate the work that we support in a proportionate way. Generally, we will provide support within the grant for evaluation activity.

Our expectation is that the work supported by us under one of our three priority strands will contribute to achieving the outcomes we have set for the strand. The contribution we will expect each individual project to make to achieving these outcomes will be discussed with each partner, agreed and specified in their funding agreement.

Where we are funding a cohort of organisations, we expect the organisations that make up the cohort to work with us to co-design an evaluation framework for the group. This enables us to collect common data across a number of projects.

Where we are funding a cohort of organisations, we also expect these organisations to come together periodically to share learning. It is a condition of support that they do so.

Please see the evaluation and learning section of How we work – a briefing for partners for more information.

Our commitment

We have a commitment to develop our own evaluation practice and to support our partners to develop theirs through the provision of information, advice, workshops and training. We strive to learn from and improve our practice in evaluation and learning as in other areas of our work both by inviting partners to comment and by undertaking periodic reviews.