ESS Support Guide 5.1: Getting the best from an external evaluation

Published29th May 2014

This guide covers how you can get the best from an external evaluation. It considers the need for an external consultant, hiring an external consultant, the evaluation budget, managing the external evaluation and learning the lessons.


The guidance provides considerations of the need for an external consultant; the process of hiring an external consultant; evaluation budgets; management of external consultants; and how to learn the lessons.


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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