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Monitoring & evaluation

We believe that monitoring and evaluation is a useful way of helping organisations to assess the difference their work has made to their beneficiaries and the lessons that have been learned. It also tells us if our funds have been well used.

Stage One

If you have been funded for more than three months, then mid-way through your grant, you will be expected to answer a set of short interim monitoring questions. We will remind you when this is due. You will need to respond to these questions in order to release your next grant payment.

Download interim monitoring questions

Stage Two

At the end of your grant, you will need to submit a Final Evaluation Report.

Download SLF final report format

In addition, you will be expected to submit your annual report and accounts for the financial year(s) in which the grant was received.

What we will do with this information

ILPA will read all your reports, and share them with the ILPA decision-making panel. A selection of evaluation reports will be summarised and presented to our Expert Panel. Your reports will help to increase our knowledge of the issues you are addressing and to reflect on the SLF's funding priorities. In addition, they will contribute to an external evaluation to inform the future development of the SLF.

Monitoring visits

During the period of your grant, you may be visited by ILPA to discuss the issues arising from your work and your progress. We will contact you to arrange this, if you are selected for a monitoring visit.

Additional support

If you require any additional support to monitor and evaluate your work, please contact us to discuss this further. 

If anything is unclear, please contact us.

Useful Links

Charities Evaluation Service
Provides advice, support and training on all aspects of monitoring and evaluation for the voluntary and community sector.

JargonBusters defines and explains some of the terms funders and support agencies use. It considers the ideas behind the jargon, and helps funders use words more clearly.