At The Ian Potter Foundation, we recognise the value of evaluation. Consequently, we also receive many requests from applicants and grantees about sourcing high-quality evaluators. Therefore, we have created a document that identifies a pool of high-quality evaluators that we can recommend to grantees seeking external evaluation.
This document is organised by program area and is shared with grantees (prospective, past and current) and other foundations in an effort to improve the quality of evaluations conducted for philanthropically funded projects.
For grant applicants wishing to include evaluation costs in their budget, we recommend requesting an estimate from several evaluators based on a brief that states:
- the type of evaluation you require
- the data you have available
- your preferred timeline.
Download TIPFEP 2021 list of evaluators here.
Please note: Grantees are not required to select an evaluator from the TIPFEP list. In providing this document, the Foundation does not endorse or guarantee the quality of the listed evaluators' work.
Selection of evaluators is predominantly based on submissions via an annual open call on the Australasian Evaluation Society website, plus some submissions received by the Foundation on behalf of our existing grantee organisations.
The most outstanding submissions are added to the current pool. Selected candidates submitted a work sample to the Foundation showing strong outcomes measurement, have experience with the government sector and a willingness to build their clients’ capacity. The vast majority also had excellent financial analysis abilities and evidence of a diverse team; this is noted where this is not the case.
Although candidates by default remain on the list, the overall calibre of submissions has increased, therefore, some evaluators from the previous years’ pool were removed.
Current TIPFEP evaluators will remain on the list as long as their contracted work is of outstanding quality.
The call for potential evaluators will re-open February 2022.
If you are already on TIPFEP, you will receive a proforma email enquiring about your interest in re-applying. As the quality of applications improves from year to year, prior applications will be re-assessed against the current submissions.
The 2022 TIPFEP list will be announced by 1 July 2022. Limited feedback may be provided upon request, and evaluators whose work is not chosen in 2021 are welcome to re-apply with new material in subsequent years.
The 2022 call is also promoted on the Australian Evaluation Society website.