Understanding Third Sector Evidence and Need: Lessons learned from the field

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am

Policy Scotland (University of Glasgow) and the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (Glasgow Caledonian University)

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow, G1 3NU

As a part of Challenge Poverty Week 2019, Policy Scotland (University of Glasgow) and the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (Glasgow Caledonian University) warmly invite you to attend, ‘Understanding Third Sector Evidence and Need: Lessons learned from the field’ on Monday 7 October from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Lighthouse in Glasgow’s city centre. This half-day workshop will focus on ways for third sector organisations to better understand and improve the use of their own evidence – both qualitative and quantitative – for funding applications and programme planning. Collecting and analysing quality evidence about your clients and the local systems and services they interact with is a vital part of the sustainability of your organisation: it is necessary in reporting to your funders, evidencing need for future funding applications and understanding what is working or not working in your organisation.  

The project of evidencing need from a variety of data sources is also an area where the third sector can usefully collaborate with academic researchers. The skills of academic researchers can usefully be brought to bear with third sector organisations in these types of projects, and researchers can potentially seize the opportunity to collaborate on a project of mutual interest that has a direct impact on local lives.

In this workshop we will hear from three third sector leaders whose organisations have successfully improved the way they evidence need to consider their lessons learned. We will also hear from John McKendrick from the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at GCU, who has spent time collaborating with third sector organisations in these types of projects.

The event will provide ample time for discussion when attendees from the third sector can share how evidence is currently being used in their organisation for funding applications and evaluation, and ways that they might be able to collaborate with interested academics to make the evidence they gather most meaningful.

You can sign up for this event here.