Reporting is important to us. It enables us to gather and share learning from individual projects and funding streams and to develop our understanding of how we might best support projects in the future.
We ask all our partners to produce brief reports on the work we have supported. This is a condition of our support. We also always ask projects for a final report. Usually we ask for interim reports too but this depends on the size of the grant and the duration of the project.
Reports should be brief, generally no more than five sides of A4. We encourage organisations to be candid and to tell us what hasn’t worked so well, as well as their successes.
Generally we ask partners to comment on:
- What has been achieved
- Particular challenges or opportunities that emerged
- Learning from the work
- Impact beyond the organisation and its service users (for example, on policy)
- Our funding approach (which aspects of it were helpful/which unhelpful?).
Reporting requirements are agreed with each individual project and specified in the partnership agreement. We encourage organisations to work with us to achieve reporting that is genuinely useful, in order to generate the learning and evaluation that benefits all.