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Support for Charities

What we do

We support charities so that they can focus on what they do best and achieve more for the causes they serve. Our work directly helps organisations become more effective and better equipped to demonstrate their value.

How we can help

With increasing pressure on limited funds, now more than ever, charities need to focus on how they can make a difference in the most efficient way. We work with over 1000 organisations a year to help them to do that. We offer training, consultancy, advice, external evaluations, quality standards and free information to help you strengthen the quality of your work and achieve better outcomes.

Our role is to inspire, support, and develop the organisations that seek our help. We always aim to build skills so that after working with us people are more knowledgeable and confident to do it for themselves in the future. Our customers testify to the lasting difference our work makes.

Find out more about our support for smaller charities or our information for larger charities.

Latest news

Theory of change – putting impact at the heart of what you do
Theory of change – putting impact at the heart of what you do
Sam Matthews, Chief Executive of Charities Evaluation Services, discusses using a theory of change to underpin your work, putting impact measurement at the heart of what you do.
 
Get better data!
Get better data!
More and more organisations are self-evaluating the work that they do, with a greater emphasis on assessing their outcomes and impact. This means collecting data.
 
We're looking for a researcher!
We're looking for a researcher!
We are no longer accepting applications for this position.
 
From 'pants' to proactive - supporting self-evaluation in UK helplines
From 'pants' to proactive - supporting self-evaluation in UK helplines
Evaluating the outcomes of helplines can be challenging, the very nature of the work can make it tricky to measure the difference being made.
 
We're looking for an ICT project manager!
We're looking for an ICT project manager!
We are no longer accepting applications for this position.
 
Charity Commission re-endorses the PQASSO Quality Mark
Charity Commission re-endorses the PQASSO Quality Mark
The Charity Commission has re-endorsed the PQASSO Quality Mark at all three levels as part of its endorsement programme.
 
CES are recruiting!
CES are recruiting!
CES are looking for a PQASSO Programme Lead.
 
First charity awarded PQASSO Quality Mark at level 3
First charity awarded PQASSO Quality Mark at level 3
CES have named The Interlink Foundation as the first UK charity to be awarded the PQASSO Quality Mark at level 3. Interlink is the membership organisation for Orthodox Jewish charities in the UK and supports 200 charity members.
 
Campaign evaluation: Learning from the frontline
Campaign evaluation: Learning from the frontline
Charities Evaluation Services (CES) has recently completed an impact evaluation of the Campaign to End Loneliness.
 
Embedding Impact: A Roundtable Discussion
Embedding Impact: A Roundtable Discussion
A recent Roundtable discussion, Embedding Impact, hosted by Big Society Capital on the 10th September 2013 brought together senior staff from 15 social purpose organisations working in different sectors to discuss how to be effective in reliably achieving targeted outcomes and delivering impact.
 
Learn and earn with the PQASSO mentor programme!
Learn and earn with the PQASSO mentor programme!
CES are looking for new candidates to join our PQASSO mentor programme, helping us support the growing number of PQASSO users in the UK.
 
CES is recruiting!
CES is recruiting!
This position has now closed.
 
New CES training - learn the latest from our experts
New CES training - learn the latest from our experts
This autumn, CES are launching a brand new training programme. Our no-nonsense programme will give you the practical skills you need to develop outcome and impact measurement systems that work for you – and your funders.
 
Measuring up - the results!
Measuring up - the results!
This March, 64 organisations tested Measuring up, a brand new impact measurement tool. The tool is part of CES’ work with Inspiring Impact.
 
Sam Matthews confirmed as new CES Chief Executive
Sam Matthews confirmed as new CES Chief Executive
Sam Matthews has recently been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Charities Evaluation Services (CES).
 
Charities Evaluation Services and the Social Stock Exchange
Charities Evaluation Services and the Social Stock Exchange
Charities Evaluation Services is excited to be working in a partnership with other social impact advisors – led by CAN Invest – to provide support to the first organisations applying to be members of the Social Stock Exchange (SSE).
 
CES is recruiting a Treasurer and new trustees!
CES is recruiting a Treasurer and new trustees!
These vacancies have now closed.
 
Read and comment on the first ever Code of Good Impact Practice
Read and comment on the first ever Code of Good Impact Practice
Your impact is the difference you make, not the work you do – the ultimate reason why non-profit organisations exist.
 
BIG Assist
BIG Assist
CES have been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations.
 
Measuring up - trial our new tool!
Measuring up - trial our new tool!
Trial our new tool for free and improve the way you plan, evidence, communicate and learn from the difference you make.
 
CES is recruiting
CES is recruiting
This vacancy is now closed.
 
PQASSO 2nd edition update
PQASSO 2nd edition update
From the 31st of December 2012 we will stop accepting applications for the PQASSO Quality Mark (the external accreditation of PQASSO) from organisations using the 2nd edition of PQASSO.
 
Theory of Change - supporting your PQASSO work
Theory of Change - supporting your PQASSO work
The Theory of Change model is one of the latest evaluation methods for people to get their heads around, and no doubt many of you will already have heard about this practical tool.
 
Writing better evaluation reports
Writing better evaluation reports
Impact measurement is rightly very topical at the moment; it is of course vital to consider how you assess the impact you make through your work.
 
CES are recruiting
CES are recruiting
This vacancy is now closed. CES are recruiting for a new Head of Finance.
 
Charity Impact Measurement
Charity Impact Measurement
2nd Annual Conference
16 October 2012 | London
 
Outcomes and quality management – making the link
Outcomes and quality management – making the link
In this thinkpiece from CES, Dr Jean Ellis urges third sector managers to incorporate outcomes assessment into their quality management - in order to learn from their work and achieve greater impact.
 
Are we accounting for value?
Are we accounting for value?
The SROI Network have launched a new website to discuss accounting principles and ask – are we accounting for value?
 
Dispelling myths about quality
Dispelling myths about quality
CES respond to the NCVO and OPM scoping study: Quality assurance in the voluntary and community sector.
 
Inspiring Impact goes live!
Inspiring Impact goes live!
Inspiring Impact is a UK-wide collaboration, developed and delivered in partnership with the sector. It has an ambitious ten-year vision: to make high quality impact measurement the norm for charities and social enterprises by 2022.
 
Improving your funding applications
Improving your funding applications
Has your funding application been unsuccessful? Or are you unsure how to complete the section of the application form on project outcomes, or the section on how you will monitor and evaluate your project?
 
Measuring social value: avoiding a methodological straightjacket
Measuring social value: avoiding a methodological straightjacket
CES' latest thinkpiece Measuring social value: avoiding a methodological straightjacket is now available to download. In this piece, Dr Jean Ellis argues that while the current drive for third sector organisations to demonstrate social value – for example, by demonstrating their social return on investment - brings monitoring and evaluation methods that fit well with the context of cuts and a market-driven ethos, care should be taken not to devalue less technical approaches.
 
Monitoring and evaluation in the downturn: doing more not less
Monitoring and evaluation in the downturn: doing more not less
Charities Evaluation Services’ have launched their latest thinkpiece Monitoring and evaluation in the downturn: doing more not less. In this piece, Dr Jean Ellis outlines two key arguments about why organisations should put more, rather than less, effort into their monitoring and evaluation – and challenges them to up their game.
 
Demonstrating results – valuing outcomes
Demonstrating results – valuing outcomes
PQASSO is a management tool that helps you to demonstrate – and achieve recognition – that your organisation works both to a high standard and that it achieves excellent outcomes.
 
Tame that data!
Tame that data!
Our article by CES Consultant and Trainer Milla Gregor considers how using the right IT system to support your monitoring and evaluation work can result it more meaningful reporting – helping you to demonstrate the difference you make and improve services.
 
Third sector performance improvement
Third sector performance improvement
Charities Evaluation Services has been at the forefront of third sector performance improvement for over 20 years. Now the sector needs to be ever-more competitive, and CES is helping organisations meet requirements to demonstrate quality, value for money, outcomes and impact. Read more about us and our consultancy, training and technical support services.
 
Measuring & Evaluating Outcomes In Practice
Measuring & Evaluating Outcomes In Practice
We would like to invite you to join us at Third Sector's Measuring & Evaluating Outcomes In Practice conference and offer you an exclusive 20% discount - simply quote 'CES' when registering.
 
Charity insurance offer
Charity insurance offer
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Endsleigh insurance. Our partnership will reward organisations that have achieved the PQASSO Quality Mark by offering awardees a competitive advantage on their insurance arrangements.
 
Are you ready for the PQASSO Quality Mark?
Are you ready for the PQASSO Quality Mark?
The PQASSO Quality Mark is fast becoming established as a leading sector kite mark.
 
FAQ: How to present PQASSO to your board
FAQ: How to present PQASSO to your board
We're often asked about how organisations should talk to their Board about PQASSO. How should you explain the benefits of using PQASSO, and why the organisation is aiming for the PQASSO Quality Mark?
 
New PQASSO mentor training dates
New PQASSO mentor training dates
Organisations value accessing local, expert and practical support.
 
Do you have underspend that you are worried about losing?
Do you have underspend that you are worried about losing?
Why not use it to gain a nationally recognised mark of quality and demonstrate your organisation's effectiveness?
 
How can organisations include PQASSO in their PQQs?
How can organisations include PQASSO in their PQQs?
We're often asked by organisations to give advice around how to write about PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark in their pre-qualification questionnaires.
 
New resource: PQASSO Quality Mark flowchart
New resource: PQASSO Quality Mark flowchart
Are you thinking of applying for the PQASSO Quality Mark and want to know more about the process and how long it will take?
 
Training price freeze
Training price freeze
We will be freezing our 2011 training course prices for the whole of 2012.
 
Campaign to End Loneliness report
Campaign to End Loneliness report
CES is evaluating the Campaign to End Loneliness
 
Training from CES for 2012
CES 2012 training brochure
CES' brand new training guide is available to download now.
 
Jargonbusters
Jargonbusters
Charity Jargon - can we be on the same page?
 
Don't reinvent the wheel
Don't reinvent the wheel
Is it time to review your bespoke quality standards? Have you considered replacing your own standards with the nationally recognised PQASSO standards or a PQASSO adaptation?
 
100th PQASSO Quality Mark awarded
100th PQASSO Quality Mark awarded
We are pleased to announce that 100 organisations have now successfully achieved the prestigious PQASSO Quality Mark which is endorsed by the Charity Commission and recognised by the Scottish Parliament as a mark of excellence.
 
New edition of PQASSO in Practice
New edition of PQASSO in Practice
CES’ hugely popular quality guide - Next steps in quality: PQASSO in practice - has been refreshed and updated to give you all of the latest information on quality and PQASSO.
 
Learning and Innovation Prize winners
Learning and Innovation Prize winners
CES announced the winners of its first ever Learning and Innovation Prize at an event on 29th March 2011.
 
Prove your worth without it costing the earth
Prove your worth without it costing the earth
CES' National Performance Programme, has launched Monitoring and Evaluation on a Shoestring. This practical guide is essential reading for charities with limited budgets who want to develop their monitoring and evaluation approach and improve their effectiveness.
 
CES has produced a series of podcasts on PQASSO
CES has produced a series of podcasts on PQASSO
The 11 bite sized chunks provide answers to our most popular FAQ’s including: What is PQASSO? What areas of organisational life does PQASSO cover? and Who is PQASSO for?
 
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