Publication - Advice and guidance

Scotland's Play Ranger Toolkit

Published: 30 Jun 2015
Children and Families Directorate
Part of:
Children and families, Education

This Play Ranger Toolkit has been developed by the Play Ranger charities supported by Go2Play – focused on growing play opportunities for children and harnessing the expertise of the sector.

Scotland's Play Ranger Toolkit
8. Monitoring and Evaluation

8. Monitoring and Evaluation

Sample ~ Action Plan Template for Evaluation

Sample ~ Action Plan Template for Evaluation

Sample ~ Action Plan Template for Evaluation

Evaluation and Monitoring advice

By reviewing your work, and effectively evaluating your own performance against the outcomes you hope to achieve, you will not only help an organisation realise if it is delivering but help an organisation to understand where they can improve

There are many evaluation tools available, it therefore would be wise to consider what your outcomes are and set about developing tools and techniques that work for you organisation, its scale and location.

Some useful web links when understanding and implementing effective evaluation and monitoring of your Play Ranger activity.

For a perspective on the strategic approach for Play in Scotland -

Scotland's Play Strategy -

Sample - In School Play Ranger Questionnaire - for Pupils

Sample – In School Play Ranger Questionnaire – for Pupils

Sample In School Play Ranger Questionnaire - for Teacher

NOTE - for teachers paper questionnaires may not work as well and you may wish to consider the use of free media tools to support gaining evidence from Teachers / Playground Supervisors - for example the use of Survey Monkey

Sample In School Play Ranger Questionnaire – for Teacher

Sample Session Monitoring and Evaluation Form: Play Ranger Sessions

Sample Session Monitoring and Evaluation Form: Play Ranger Sessions

Sample Trip Consent Form

Sample Trip Consent Form

Sample Outcomes and Indicators


Sample Indicators

Children have improved social skills

  • Extent to which they participate - increasing?
  • Extent to which they take the lead and express views/ideas.
  • Inventing new games from existing resources.
  • Extent involved in collaborative and cooperative play
  • Ability to talk about achievements and failures
  • Ability to analyse and articulate experiences
  • Less reliance on others (independence).
  • Level of fun/enjoyment- children say/are seen to be having fun
  • Number of friends increases

Increased physical activity leading to improved health

  • Increased physical confidence through taking on new challenges and trying different approaches.
  • Improved speed, confidence and motivation for physical tasks
  • Children/parents say they have more energy and stamina
  • Children saying they are fitter and stronger.
  • Teachers, parents and carers observe increased physical skills

Parents / Carers /Teachers have increased confidence to allow children to play out

  • Extent to which children lead their own play
  • Numbers taking part in outdoor play within their communities
  • Number of new settings/spaces being used for play
  • Ratio of free time to structured activity
  • Feedback from teachers
  • Schools adopting play policy and engage in play within curriculum

Children are diverted from anti-social behaviour

  • Recorded levels of vandalism over a period
  • Recorded attitudes to local spaces and their use
  • Participation levels in community events and volunteering
  • Attitudes to children/ YP being in public spaces

More Play takes place in the community / More opportunities to Play

  • Increase in the numbers attending sessions
  • Increase in the number of groups/schools offering free play
  • Time available for free play increases - number of times per week children play outside
  • Extent parents and teachers engage in free play
  • New types of space being used for outdoor play

Children have improved space and places for Play

  • Sense of freedom - Children say they have the opportunity to do what they want.
  • Use of audits for Play & Green Space
  • Numbers using Play spaces
  • More community space is used for play and supported by local partners

Sample Play Ranger Logic Model

Sample Play Ranger Logic Model

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