Charities need cash to evaluate their work, says New Philanthropy Capital

A third of funders do not provide the necessary resources

Grant-makers should ensure they give charities money to carry out monitoring and evaluation work, according to a report from charity think tank New Philanthropy Capital.

The report, How Are You Getting On?, says more than a third of grant-givers do not provide funding for charities to monitor and evaluate their work, even though many ask them to provide information on their performance.

The research, which was commissioned by Charities Evaluation Services, looked at how charities communicated their performance to funders and how funders used this information to evaluate grant programmes. It found that many funders never gave any cash to support monitoring.

Charities and grant-making foundations were both broadly satisfied with the information exchanged in grant applications, but there was a need for better feedback once funded work began, the report says.

It suggests that some funders make unrestricted grants on a full cost recovery basis.

"Charities are getting better at collecting data, but they need to move on to analysing and using it," said Gustaf Lofgren, research analyst at NPC and author of the report. "If they can show they are learning from their data and improving, we believe funders will reward them."

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