Evaluation Fund

Supporting services to build their evaluation capacity: evaluation grants for the child sexual abuse and exploitation sector.

About the Fund

Important notice: Bids now closed.

The Centre is delighted to announce the launch of its first grant programme.

Front-line services tackling child sexual abuse / exploitation (CSA/E) can struggle to evidence the effectiveness of their service delivery because they lack the time, resources, or expertise to put in place evaluation frameworks to capture evidence of 'what works'.

This fund aims to assist services to put in place the fundamental building blocks that lay the basis for evaluation.

The fund will make grants of up to £25,000 for no fewer than ten not-for-profit organisations in the child sexual abuse and child exploitation sectors.

This fund contributes towards the Centre’s aim to improve understanding of what works to prevent and tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation - ultimately to improve the response to, and outcomes for, children and young people.

Who is eligible for grants?

Eligible organisations must:

  • have a track record of delivering CSA/E services to young people or
  • deliver statutory and / or not-for-profit services
  • deliver such services in England and/or Wales

We expect services to want to involve someone skilled in evaluation work in developing their bid and delivering the work.

Focus areas for the funding

We will focus on themes that are under-funded and high priority issues:

  • the effectiveness of interventions with children and young people at risk of, or experiencing, any form of sexual abuse and
  • the effectiveness of programmes in educational settings.

Within these areas particular interest in evaluation work with:

  • children and young people in or leaving care
  • children and young people with learning difficulties or disabilities

Read more about the Centre's Research and Evaluation priorities and Research gaps from 'Key Messages' (PDF, 468KB).

Applicants can bid for funding for one or more of these nine activities:

  1. Work to document the service model/ to document a specific intervention
  2. Work to create a Theory of Change or logic model
  3. Work to create a monitoring and evaluation framework/ plan
  4. Work to identify specific outcomes
  5. Work to identify appropriate outcome measurement tools/ approaches
  6. Work to learn from service users’ perspectives on meaningful outcomes for them
  7. Work to help analyse and reflect upon existing service data
  8. Work to embed or update the collection of data, within IT and/or administrative systems
  9. Work to pilot an established evaluation model and put in place processes to analyse the evaluation data from service users

We understand that all CSA/E service providers will be at different stages of their evaluation-journeys, so the grants can be tailored to cover the evaluation task/s that they need funding to complete.

During the grant period the Centre of Expertise will support grantees to become more effective and share learning and good practice by offering training, coaching and networking opportunities.

2017/18 programme

Bids now CLOSED.

All grants are for a maximum of six months and between £5,000 to £25,000. Total fund: £250k.

Grant offers will be made in August, with all grants required to complete by the 31st March 2018.

The grants are specifically for the core costs of building an organisation’s evaluation capacity: staffing, IT equipment, staff training. The grants are not for delivery costs.

Bid application timeline:

Open: 14th June 2017

Close: Midday 7th July 2017

Interviews for applicants: August 2017

Apply for funding

To apply please download the application form and supporting documents:

New on 30 June: Evaluation Fund Frequently Asked Questions – replies to questions that clarify aspects of the Fund’s remit

Evaluation fund FAQ

All funding application assessors are subject to our Declaration of Interests Policy (PDF, 116KB)

Additional support material

Please contact info@csacentre.org.uk if you have any queries about the grants and application process.

2018/19 & 2019/20 programmes

Larger grants (24 months in length) will be available in 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years.

Open (for 2018/19): Autumn 2017

More details will be added here closer to the open date.

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