Charlotte Ravenscroft reports how:

  • Funders place significant emphasis on staff expertise to assess individual funding bids.
  • The main types of evidence that funders use (e.g. scoping, synthesis, application forms) are different to the main types of evidence they generate (e.g. impact reporting) and share with others (e.g. evaluations).
  • Funders are keen to know and share what works, but may have limited knowledge about the relative impact and cost effectiveness of different interventions.
  • Funders could make better use of the evidence they do hold by sharing it more widely.
  • Funders could add significant value by sharing more of the data and evidence they hold, seek evidence that will inform their funding and learn from innovative approaches to generating and sharing evidence.

Source: The Secrets of Success