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Funders agree six new principles to improve grant reporting

By December 6, 2018National News

From Civil Society

A dozen grant funders and funded organisations have agreed to set out a more “conversational approach” to grant reporting, having found that current standards are often “more burdensome than useful”.

The pledge by 12 large charities and grant makers was made as part of a report, jointly authored by both the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, which was published on 5th December.

Called New principles for grant reporting, the report was taken from material discussed “over the course of two workshops in April and September 2018” between a group of 12 funders and funded organisations, including the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Esmee Fairbairn and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The report calls on funders “to do things differently” as it is they who have the “power to make change happen” when it comes to drafting and designing reporting arrangements with partner organisations.  It also sets out six “high-level principles” agreed upon at the workshops for improving grant reporting and includes a call to move much grant reporting away from “a largely paper-based exchange towards greater investment in conversations

You can read the report here

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