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.
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.
The notes from our second biennial leadership retreat, on the theme of 'time and space': How to make imperfect things happen; know your limits; step into who you want to be and manage relationships. Watch the companion video via our News page or YouTube channel.
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.
The report of an independent impact review we undertook of Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living. Independence and impact were very evident, hence the title! Some lovely companion films are available at www.lothiancil.org.uk
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 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.
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.
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 review of work carried out by community based projects over five years, identifying learning from the Scottish Government funding programme on tackling sectarianism. A good example of national programme reviews we have carried out.
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.
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.
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?
A special set of five short publications on how to design and deliver social care differently. The result of a year-long action learning process involving commissioners and providers of children's services.
The first report of a 'Carers Collaborative' we facilitated with The Coalition of Carers in Scotland during 2016-17. It summarises approaches to carer involvement in Integration Authorities (IJBs) and makes a number of straightforward recommendations for the future.