The Evaluation Declaration

Published30th May 2014

This declaration is about the relationship between funders and the organisations they fund. It is about how and why we evaluate our work together.

There are five statements. The statements describe why monitoring, evaluation and reporting are important and what they should achieve.

For some funders and funded organisations this declaration describes their approach to monitoring, evaluation and reporting right now.

Others are moving towards the statements in the declaration but they are not there yet and challenges remain.

The declaration does not have an official status. But it is important.

The declaration is evidence of shared thinking between funders and a shared agenda with the organisations they fund. For the first time in Scotland funders have set out their view and vision of monitoring and evaluation. And they have done it together.

The declaration should help the voluntary sector and others understand what is important to funders in monitoring and evaluation and so improve relationships between funders and funded organisations. This declaration in turn will, in a small way, help ensure that our work is focussed on making a positive and vital difference for the people of Scotland.


The Declaration includes five key statements that describe why monitoring, evaluation and reporting are important and what they should achieve. These are that:

– Evaluation is valuable

– Evaluation is relevant

– Evaluation is proportionate

– Evaluation is supported

– Evaluation is about looking from inside and outside.


The Scotland Fundersæ_ Forum which prepared the declaration started in September 2005 and brings together statutory and independent funders to share information, identify and address areas of common interest and share best practice and learning. The Forum is an informal and non-constituted group. The Big Lottery Fund chairs and provides the secretariat for the Forum as a part of a commitment to

support its development.

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