This report presents a picture of evaluation within primarily larger trusts and foundations in the UK. It is based on the findings of an online survey completed by 34 trusts and foundations – 94% of whom awarded grants of more than £1m in 2013/14.
The survey was designed to address a need for information about the positioning, resourcing and uses of evaluation in trusts and foundations which was highlighted at the inaugural convening of the UK Evaluation Roundtable in March 2014.
Specifically, the survey aimed to:
Understand the range of evaluative activities that trusts and foundations are undertaking and how these activities are being organised and invested in.
Explore perceptions about how well trusts and foundations are making use of evaluative information to inform their work.
Explore the challenges that trusts and foundations are facing in relation to their evaluation practices.