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

A workshop for Challenge Poverty Week from Policy Scotland and the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit

Monday, 7th October 2019 at 10:00am
The Lighthouse

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Understanding Third Sector Evidence
Free + £0.00 fees

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 hear about their lessons learned.

  • Marion Davis, One Parent Families Scotland
  • Jayne Jones, Assist FM
  • Laura Reilly, Bellville Community Garden Trust

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.  


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Starts: Monday, October 7th 2019 at 10:00am
Ends: 1:00pm

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The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
G1 3NU
United Kingdom

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This event will be held in the Conference Suite of The Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with specific access needs. Visitors enter the building from street level. There is a passenger lift accessing all 6 floors.

There are 5 disabled parking spaces at the side of the building on Mitchell Street. Accessible toilets are located on levels 2, 3 and 5. For further information about accessibility of The Lighthouse please go to their website: http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/page/access-policy

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