The second edition of our popular sustainability toolkit.
Includes several new features: updated definitions; PDF text entry now enabled; expanded section on exit strategies. 1200+ downloads and counting!
This guide was developed with Shared Care Scotland to help short break providers become more sustainable. But it will be relevant to others too, as it features valuable resources for sustaining organisations, projects and impact.
Doing ‘more with less’ is no longer possible. Commissioners and providers are moving towards more collaborative approaches. We are exploring this with the Coalition of Care and Support Providers through a co-designed programme called ‘Coping With Cuts’. Resources will be added as the programme progresses.
A creative example of one of our visual evaluation reports, in the format of a panorama showing the work and outcomes of the 'Canal College' project. Inspired by maps and leaflets from visitor attractions, it works best in printed form, where the back of the report is made up of themed 'tabs'.
An example of a short, focused strategic plan based on wide stakeholder involvement. The strategy came out of a comprehensive review we led, facilitating a series of interviews, surveys, meetings and events with a range of stakeholders.
This visually appealing strategy was created to help communicate clear and concise messages about VHS's important work in promoting the role of voluntary health organisations. A good example of strategic clarity.
An overview of the outcomes being progressed by projects funded through the VAF/Scottish Government Equalities Fund in 2014/15. This summary attempts to find a creative way to demonstrate the links between project-level outcomes, funder priorities and government strategy.
A summary of the themes explored and learning generated during the 'Unplugged' leadership retreat in June 2015. Topics include coping with uncertainty; sustainability; relationships and getting your 'oomph' back! Lots of practical tips, resources and links to explore.
Evaluation of social care provider forums (ARC Scotland)
This short report provides learning from ARC Scotland’s experience of facilitating local forums for adult sector social care providers over a six-year period. It aims to inform and encourage collaborative working as a practical way to improve outcomes for people.
A useful and enjoyable tool for learning about marketing. This version of it is ideal for organisations preparing for Self-Directed Support. It is provided as a free and shareable resource for not-for-profit education, and credit should be given as shown.
The final evaluation report of ArtWorks Scotland, an action research and funding programme designed to improve understanding of participatory arts. A shorter, visual report of this project is also available.
Based on reflective questions from an Action Learning process, this tool is designed to help managers - and leaders - develop their thinking and practice. How do we effect change if we don't have formal authority in our roles? Where else can we derive influence from?
Self-Directed Support continues to be a major area of development for many of our clients. This report captures some useful and hopefully transferable learning from a two-year pilot of Individual Service Funds in the Highland area.
This tool from 2008 is the result of several workshops with a range of universities and education centres. Although it’s several years old and a little rough around the edges, lots of people have reported finding this of benefit, so it is shared in that spirit.