We think it’s helpful for applicants to identify the key outcomes they seek to achieve as a result of the work that we fund.
The “key outcomes” of your grant are what you want to achieve as a result of our funding. They could be specific to a project we are funding, or relate to your overall aims if we are supporting core costs.
We have found the free advice and tools produced by Charities Evaluation Service helpful in developing our approach to outcomes and reporting. It recommends thinking about your work in terms of:
If your application reaches our second stage we will ask for up to three key outcomes you think can be achieved by the end of the grant (outcomes), and details of how you will monitor your progress towards these outcomes (indicators).
We are looking for short, clear, concise outcomes, eg “Decrease in number of women in prison”. Each outcome should sum up one key change you are looking to achieve. You will use the outcomes as the basis for your annual progress reports. We will use them to understand how effective our funding has been when the grant ends.
We are not looking for detailed outcomes which cover everything you will deliver. See examples of outcomes below
For each outcome we will ask you for the indicators you will use to monitor your progress. An indicator should be realistic - something you are able to track and gather evidence on.
Charities Evaluation Service defines outcome indicators as “well defined pieces of information that can be assessed or measured to show whether outcomes have been achieved. These show that the outcome has actually happened, or that progress is being made towards it. Outcome indicators can be quantitative or qualitative.
There may be many possible indicators for each outcome. As with outcomes themselves, we just need you to identify and report on the key ones – no more than 3 per outcome, but 1 is fine.
Where possible, please indicate target numbers, as this helps our staff and Trustees understand the scale of your planned achievements. However, we understand that these are targets, not obligations, and there is no intention to bind you to something that later becomes impossible to deliver.
21 March 2018
Tel: 020 7812 3700
Charity No. 200051