2017 has not been an easy year for charities. However, one stand-out theme for us this year has been the dedication and commitment shown by our clients to truly understand and improve their effectiveness, and to strengthen their governance, in the face of increasing pressure and scrutiny. It has been very stimulating…

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In PMQs on October 11th The Prime Minister mentioned the importance of learning the lessons from the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) pilot prior to a national roll-out. Fiveways has been commissioned to deliver the evaluation of the pilot and uncover those lessons. The NBCP helps professionals to support families in their…

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We have today posted the first of a new set of Practical Governance Tips for charity leaders, starting, reasonably enough, with how to deal with the lengthy and confusing rule book which befuddles many new to the sector or their roles. Know the key parts of your mem and arts is the…

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Fiveways has been appointed as the evaluation partner for the new National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP), which was launched earlier this week. Thousands of parents each year experience their baby dying before, during or shortly after birth or within the first year of life. The quality of care that bereaved families receive…

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Conference season is upon us and with it the decreasing number of charities which still ‘do’ policy work are busy collecting train-miles from Brighton to Manchester (with a quick stop at the Lib-Dems in Bournemouth for the most optimistic). I’ve long been sceptical about charity involvement in party conferences, typically concluding that…

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Two years may have passed, but the fallout from Kids Company’s public and rather dramatic collapse shows no sign of abating. A couple of weeks ago a statement from the Insolvency Service appeared on gov.uk announcing what had previously been mooted – that the Business Secretary intends to bring proceedings to have…

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Perhaps the saddest comment I read about the General Election was a tweet on polling day from someone who I admire: “Genuinely think the only way Labour will ever win another election is by learning to lie a lot better”. Forgotten, perhaps, amongst the surprise result is the assessment from the Institute…

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As Abraham Lincoln once almost said, “delivering an effective service evaluation is all in the planning.” To help our clients and other charities evaluate their services more effectively, we have put together a checklist of key things to consider during the early stages of planning or commissioning a service evaluation.  The checklist…

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Charities are mentioned just four times in the new Conservative manifesto, according to someone in the charity press busy with Ctrl+F – and just once in the Labour equivalent (details below, if anyone’s interested). It is a common trait of many working in national charities to over-estimate the importance of the charity…

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Two reports about the state of the UK voluntary sector were published last month which, refreshingly, both focussed on the smaller end of the charity market. The Select Committee on Charities, appointed to consider ‘issues related to sustaining the charity sector and the challenges of charity governance, published Stronger charities for a…

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