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. We offer a range of services and tailored support for members looking to improve their organisational effectiveness, both in-person and online. 


Mentoring is provided by our experienced mentors who have wide ranging expertise in organisational development. We offer a number of bespoke mentoring packages of support, including an Accompaniment Service for the Scottish Government International Small Grants Programme which provides 30 hours of mentoring for eligible organisations. This support is available throughout the grant cycle. 

For more information about mentoring, visit the Mentoring page or email Philippa Ramsden

Working Groups 

Working Groups are member-led spaces designed to encourage peer learning and to convene work on issues of shared concern. Meetings of the working groups traditionally involve distinguished invited speakers as well as member presentations. Current working groups include: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL); Leave No One Behind (LNOB), Funding and Safeguarding.  

For more information or to suggest setting up a new working group, visit the working groups page. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email us

Training and Information Sessions 

Face-to-face training sessions and workshops are delivered by expert trainers in a range of locations across Scotland. Training sessions cover a range of topics each year including but not limited to: grant management, fundraising, safeguarding, IATI and transparency, and MEL.  

To see a list of upcoming training workshops and view the resources from past training sessions, visit our Events page. If you would like more information, please email us. 

Online Training, Webinars & Online Resources 

Online training sessions and webinars allow members to join whether they are working from the home, office, or while travelling. They offer the chance for members to learn about a specific topic, upcoming funding opportunity or new resource in a short, online information session.  To see a list of upcoming online events or view the recordings from past  sessions, visit our Events page

The Alliance publishes a series of online resources on a range of topics. Resources cover topics including: MELsafeguardingfundraising; and value for money. To search the archive, visit our resources page.  

The Effectiveness Toolkit

The Alliance has developed a  practical organisational capacity assessment- Effectiveness Toolkit. The Effectiveness Toolkit enables an organisation to review its work both against a set of principles of good practice in international development and benchmarks of good operational practice. Please note that the Effectiveness Toolkit has been updated (July 2021). 

For information on our online training, webinars or resources, please email us 

Online Community 

The Alliance Community is an online forum designed to encourage conversation, collaboration and partnership across the network. Members are able to ask questions and receive answers from their peers, whilst the Alliance team brokers connections between organisations to encourage peer learning, new partnerships and crowdsourced solutions to problems.  

For more information about the Alliance Community, read out guide about how to sign up and get started or email us

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.

In 2018 our Effectiveness & Learning services reached 333 people. We delivered 117 hours of mentoring, held 8 online events and convened conversations with 87 organisations on the Alliance Community 

If you have any suggestions for how the Alliance could better support your organisation to enhance its effectiveness, or, you would like to recommend a training topic, an idea for a working group session, or, a resource for the website, then please get in touch with our team via email.  

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