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A simple guide to reporting back to us on your grant

We are interested in learning from all our funded projects about the difference they make. We ask you to measure and evaluate your project and report back to us every year. 

The main thing we will want to know about are the Differences you have made in the lives of the young people you have worked with. There will also be questions about your finances, the young people you work with, and your safeguarding. 

The Report Form 

You will be sent an e-mail towards the end of each year of your grant, asking you to complete your Main Grants Report Form. Until you get this e-mail, you won’t be able to see the form in your account. However, if you want to have a look at the form in advance, you download a PDF version.

The Differences you have made 

The differences which you make are also known as your outcomes. Here we want to know how you
are going to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. 

You will have outlined the differences you intend to make when you applied for a grant. If you wish to change these, you should get in touch with your local office. 

We want to see differences which are: 

number 1

Clear – Do not over complicate them

number 2

Measurable – Think about how you will measure your differences.

number 3

Realistic – make sure your differences can be achieved

number 4

Child Focussed – make sure  you only talk about how it will benefit the child. 

Tips for writing you differences

  • Keep them simple. Try to write a single statement about how you will change young
    people’s lives for the better. Avoid joining multiple differences together with words like
    ‘and’. 
  • Use language which shows change. A strong difference often revolves around words like
    ‘improved’, ‘reduced’, ‘increased’, ‘less’, ‘strengthened’ etc. 
  • Keep them child focussed. Think about what each difference would mean to a young
    person. 
  • Make sure they are relevant. It is always good to make sure it is clear how your
    differences link to the disadvantages the young people you work with experience. 

Full guidance

You can read our full guidance on reporting to BBC Children in Need, including support with setting your outcomes and self evaluation, as well as FAQs and an example report form. 

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