NGOs / Third Sector

Evidence for Success. The guide to getting evidence and using it – Evaluation Support Scotland, Knowledge Translation Network – August 2014

Posted on October 2, 2014. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, NGOs / Third Sector |

Evidence for Success. The guide to getting evidence and using it – Evaluation Support Scotland, Knowledge Translation Network – August 2014

“The guide offers easy to follow, step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. It is for anyone who wants to use evidence to improve policy and practice, regardless of the level of experience they have in doing so. Therefore, it is intended that this guide will also be of value to a wide range of stakeholders, including: practitioners, service managers, funders and commissioners, and policy makers and planners.”

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Final Report on the Scoping Study for a National Not For Profit (NFP) Regulator – Treasury – 4 July 2011

Posted on July 5, 2011. Filed under: NGOs / Third Sector | Tags: , |

Final Report on the Scoping Study for a National Not For Profit (NFP) Regulator – Treasury – 4 July 2011

“Abstract: The Assistant Treasurer has released the Final Report on the scoping study for a national NFP regulator.

During the 2010 election campaign the Government outlined its commitment to reform Australia’s NFP sector to deliver smarter regulation, reduce red tape and improve the transparency and accountability of the sector.

The Government tasked Treasury with undertaking a scoping study to determine the role, functions, feasibility and design options for a ‘one stop shop’ NFP regulator.

On 21 January 2011, the Government released a consultation paper on the design options for a national NFP regulator. The consultation paper discussed the features of a best practice regulatory framework and sought the views of stakeholders in relation the goals, scope, functions and form of a national regulator.

The Final Report outlines the views put forward by stakeholders during consultation, provides analysis of the design options for a national NFP regulator and makes recommendations on the direction of reforms to strengthen the NFP sector.”
 

 

 

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The Hard Work of Measuring Social Impact – 14 June 2010

Posted on June 16, 2010. Filed under: NGOs / Third Sector | Tags: , , |

The Hard Work of Measuring Social Impact
Author: Julia Hanna
Copied from:
http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6401.html

“Quantifying performance and measuring results are no longer the sole domain of for-profit enterprises.

Today, many nonprofit organizations also find themselves on the hot seat—not with stockholders but with donors who expect similar levels of accountability to show how their money was spent and what that spending achieved. Yet there has been little agreement on a set of hard-and-fast metrics to measure social performance. How should a nonprofit manager respond when a significant donor asks for proof of his or her contribution’s impact on a particular social issue?

“The basic idea is that not everyone needs to measure impact.””There are two big conversations among nonprofit leaders,” says HBS associate professor Alnoor Ebrahim. “One is around accountability. The second focuses on performance, particularly impact.”

In two working papers that break down what makes social impact easier or more difficult to measure (one coauthored with HBS professor V. Kasturi Rangan), Ebrahim offers nonprofit managers a clearer sense of how to respond to accountability demands from a variety of constituents.
(These papers are: “The Many Faces of Nonprofit Accountability” [PDF]
and “The Limits of Nonprofit Impact: A Contingency Framework for Measuring Social Performance” [PDF]).”

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The National Compact – Working Together – launched 17 March 2010

Posted on March 17, 2010. Filed under: NGOs / Third Sector | Tags: |

The National Compact – Working Together – launched 17 March 2010
[part of the social inclusion agenda]

PDF Version [814kB]

ISBN 978-1-921647-23-9

“Australia’s ‘Third Sector’ of community and not-for-profit organisations plays a central role in our nation and in communities across every part of our vast land. In delivering on the Australian Government’s commitment to build a stronger and fairer Australia, since coming to office in December 2007 we have sought to embrace new ways of governing – including forming innovative partnerships with the Third Sector to tackle the nation’s long-term challenges.

For too long, policy debates about how we address many of our greatest social challenges have centred around a false choice between government action or relying on private charities. Our most difficult challenges of disadvantage and social exclusion cannot be solved either by governments or charities alone. Nor can they be solved by the business community alone. Instead, we need to work together – bringing the resources and coordinating capacity of government together with the social capital of community organisations and the entrepreneurial spirit of business.”

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Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector – Productivity Commission – 11 February 2010

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: NGOs / Third Sector | Tags: |

Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector – Productivity Commission – 11 February 2010

This research report was released on 11 February 2010.

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Intelligent Monitoring: New guidance to help cut red tape for charitable, voluntary and community organisations – UK National Audit Office – June 2009

Posted on July 1, 2009. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, NGOs / Third Sector | Tags: , , , |

Intelligent Monitoring: New guidance to help cut red tape for charitable, voluntary and community organisations – UK National Audit Office – June 2009

“The National Audit Office has published some practical guidance. This will help Government reduce the red tape involved in monitoring the £12 billion it gives to charities and other voluntary and community organisations each year.

Charities that receive public funding have to account to government funders for how they have spent this money. They also need to show the impact they achieve with it.  But the burden and cost of this must be appropriate to the risks and benefits involved.

Cutting unnecessary red tape can free up time and money that would be better spent focusing on the key services that these organisations provide. The term we use for achieving this balance and avoiding poor practice is ‘intelligent monitoring’.

Our guidance: Intelligent Monitoring is part of ‘Financial relationships with third sector organisations – a decision support tool for public bodies in England‘.

It is designed to:

  • be a step by step guide that will help Government to apply the ‘Principles of proportionate monitoring and reporting’ produced by the Office of the Third Sector.
  • encourage Government to think about monitoring as early as possible in a funding relationship and not simply as an add-on.
  • highlight the importance of monitoring for the providers of services as well as funders.
  • include practical case studies to illustrate the guidance and how the principles can be applied.

The National Audit Office plans to expand on these practical examples of intelligent monitoring with the help of users of the guidance as best practice emerges.  If you would like to contribute to, or comment on, the guidance please email better_funding@nao.gsi.gov.uk.

Intelligent Monitoring builds on the existing National Audit Office decision support tool ‘Financial Relationships with Third Sector Organisations: a Decision Support Tool‘. This is an online toolkit designed to help Government funders work through the key considerations and issues involved in funding third sector organisations such as charities and voluntary and community organisations.

The guidance has the support of HM Treasury, the Office of the Third Sector  and the Commission for the Compact.”

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Productivity Commission to review the contribution of the not-for-profit sector March 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: NGOs / Third Sector | Tags: |

Productivity Commission to review the contribution of the not-for-profit sector

Commissioned study
On 17 March 2009, the Productivity Commission received a terms of reference from the Government asking it to undertake a commissioned study on the contributions of the not for profit sector.

The study’s focus is on:

improving the measurement of the sector’s contributions
removing obstacles to maximising its contributions to society.

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Building the capacity of the third sector [UK]

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: NGOs / Third Sector | Tags: |

This report from the National Audit Office examines ChangeUp and Futurebuilders, two Cabinet Office programmes designed to build the capacity of the third sector’s ability to contribute to the delivery of public services. The report examines the impact of these programmes on frontline third sector organisations, and looked at whether they are likely to meet the Government’s capacity building objectives.

6 February 2009

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