Effectiveness & Learning

Effectiveness & Learning

An effective organisation is one whose work achieves genuine sustainable improvements in the lives of the people it seeks to support.

Working on effectiveness can have long term benefits for an organisation; it ensures clarity of purpose and communicates this effectively to all stakeholders. It streamlines processes and strengthens organisational resilience. 

We offer a range of services for members looking to improve their organisational effectiveness.

Training & Learning

Face-to-face training courses, led by expert trainers, are available to members on a range of effectiveness themes including grant management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and many more.

Building on last year’s successful piloting of online training, we will also be hosting a number of online training sessions. Supplementary resources will also be available to support your learning.

Members also have access to our online Training & E-Learning hub, where you can find resources, webinars, and reports on a range of subjects. 

Effectiveness Toolkit

We have developed a freely available, practical tool that our members are already using to improve their work. In this section there are also plenty of links to sources of support and information on effectiveness and good practice in international development. 

Please note that the Effectiveness Toolkit was published in 2014 and is being updated. 


This support will be provided by our experienced mentors who have expertise in organisational development.   We have a number of new services on offer within our mentoring programme:

  • Tailored thematic support: Mentoring will be available through packages of support for organisations on various thematic areas including: Fundraising, Project Management and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.  This is available for all members.
  • Accompaniment Service: Following on from support given to potential applicants to the Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme, we are now offering 30 hours free mentoring, training and skills share sessions to all successful grantees. This support will be tailored to the needs of the organisation and is available throughout the grant cycle.
  • Going for Growth: 30 hours free mentoring are available for organisations going through a period of growth. This is an adaptable rather than a fixed programme which will be tailored to the individual needs of the organisation.  However it is likely to include a focus on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. Support from experienced mentors will be offered to a limited number of organisations each year.

Working Groups 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning ( MEL) Working Group

Members with a particular interest in MEL can join the MEL Working Group. The group, which was launched in September 2014, offers members a space where they can share approaches to MEL, discuss challenges, learn about innovative tools, invite external guests to present, as well as organise ad-hoc training. Past topics of discussion have included the use of MEL software and the development and use of participatory methods in developing indicators.

All members are welcome to join. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email Laura ffrench-Constant.

Leave No One Behind Working Group

This group is a space for Alliance members to share best practice, learning and knowledge on working with marginalised groups.  As part of this group, we aim to improve understanding of marginalised groups and how they are excluded from opportunities and services available to the mainstream,  increase knowledge of how different types of marginalisation intersect and  of different approaches for better inclusion of marginalised groups. 

All members are welcome to join. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email Laura ffrench-Constant.

Assessing Our Impact

Over a two year period (2014-15), BOND and Scotland’s International Development Alliance (then NIDOS) commissioned INTRAC to carry out in-depth case-study research (2014-15), to provide evidence of why member organisations decided to use effectiveness tools and services, and what changes happened as a result. The report is now available: Research Programme on the Use and Application of Bond / NIDOS Effectiveness Tools and Service.



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