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Using your evaluation findings

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Through evaluation, individuals and organisations have an opportunity to understand more about what they’re doing, how things are (or aren’t) working, and why. Using this learning to reflect, adapt and change is a vital part of what makes evaluation useful – and what will make your activities, programmes or organisation a success.

There are many benefits of evaluation and a number of different ways to use your evaluation findings. Whether you want to secure funding, demonstrate accountability, share your learning for the benefit of the sector, or make your programmes more effective, using what you have found out is a vital part of the evaluation process. Whatever your findings show, the value is in using and acting upon what they say.

Engaging audiences outside your organisation

Evaluation findings can be used to engage the public, your supporters, or others in the sector in the work you do. Use them to improve your communications and share the success stories of the difference you’re making. But don’t only report the good bits – evaluation is about learning and that means being honest about your findings.

Read more about using your evaluation findings to engage external audiences.

Accountability to funders and donors

Many organisations start thinking about evaluation when they receive funding, grants or contracts. But reporting on your progress isn’t just a box to tick: evaluation means being accountable to those supporting your work. Your evaluation can also be a powerful tool for gaining future funding.

Read more about sharing your evaluation findings with funders and donors.

Improving your work

Your evaluation findings can be used to strengthen the way your organisation works, make it more effective, and help you make informed decisions in the future. Incorporating the learning from your evaluation into your programme plans and organisational strategy can help establish an impact culture – one based on evidence, learning and improvement.

Read more about using your evaluation findings to improve your work.

Accountability to other stakeholders

Charities and voluntary organisations are accountable to more people than those who fund them; they are also accountable to trustees, partners, beneficiaries and the Charity Commission, among others. Accountability can also help rebuild public trust and confidence in the voluntary sector – something that has dropped in recent years.

Last reviewed: 28 July 2017

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This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 28 July 2017

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