We’ve recently started two new projects. The first is a piece of research for a national mental health charity, looking at the information needs of professionals from a particular industry. We are working with Skyrocket, one of our partners, to carry out a number of interviews with a range of individuals, their…

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It’s Christmas time, and there’s no need to be overly sentimental, but Richard and I were reflecting on Fiveways’ fascinating first year, and wanted to express our thanks to our clients for making our work so interesting and varied. Our business is devoted to working with charities and other non-profit organisations so…

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Trustees’ Week came and went last month with the Charity Commission and partners putting a particular focus on the under-representation of young people on charity boards. There are just 4,220 trustees in England and Wales aged under 24, out of a total of over 810,000 – which, according to the Commission, is…

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Increasingly charities are investing time and resources in measuring their impact. However too often measuring is used to demonstrate current impact, obscuring a more fundamental issue – how can charities ensure their projects and services are maximising their impact? We believe that the aim of measurement should be to increase a charities’…

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We have been recently helping a leading sustainability charity develop a case for support for a new project. At first sight their project appeared slightly complicated and esoteric, but it has been a stimulating and enjoyable challenge to translate our client’s passion and technical expertise into a compelling case for support. To…

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Recent criticism of charities has many in the sector feeling under threat. Certainly, George Osborne’s ‘charities are anti-business’ comments have been strongly challenged by NCVO and others, and Third Sector magazine has reported that some from the sector have set up a ‘criticism working group’ (focussing primarily on communications). The concern about…

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Evaluation seems to be flavour of the month (or perhaps year) – a new project for a national cancer charity kicked off in earnest this week. Fiveways’ role in this project is to evaluate the outcomes tool that the charity is using with service users, to consider whether it is the right…

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Amongst the ire last week following Brooks Newmark’s reported comments about charities staying out of politics and sticking to knitting, two facts were repeatedly glossed over by those numerous commentators lining up to tell him otherwise. Firstly, the ‘stick to knitting’ line was borrowed from a Board member of the Charity Commission,…

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Charities are increasingly investing time and resources in measuring their impact. An industry of training courses, tools and conferences has grown up around impact measurement so charities can, in the words of NPC, “really prove the difference they make”. Proving difference is evidently the main objective of two recent impact reports produced…

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We have just begun working with a new technology and education charity. Starting a new charity has a particular set of challenges. In this instance Fiveways is helping develop an income generation strategy, is assisting with staff structures and terms and conditions, and is ensuring that the governance of the organisation is…

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