ESS Support Guide 2.5: Storing Information

Published29th May 2014

Evaluation Support Guides 2.1 to 2.4 help you to think through the information you collect to evidence your outcomes. This support guide focuses on where to store information so that it is ‰Û÷at your fingertips‰Ûª. It identifies a range of data storage solutions and their advantages and disadvantages. It explains some of the ‰Û÷technical‰Ûª ways of storing data ‰ÛÒ specifically databases and Excel spreadsheets. It identifies some key questions to help you to think through the best storage method for your information.


This guide introduces a series of issues about storing different types of information, the strengths and weaknesses of different methods for doing so, a specific consideration of spreadsheets and databases as well as a series of case study illustrations.


Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) works with voluntary organisations and funders so that they can measure and report on their impact.

Its aim is to make evaluation valuable, relevant and proportionate. Information about the services it provides are available on the ESS website

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