It only seems like yesterday, but…. Fiveways is now five years old. On our birthday, we would like to thank those wonderful charities that we have worked with, some of whom are illustrated below. Keep up the very good work.

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In 2018 Fiveways celebrated five years of supporting clients to evaluate their services, increase their impact, strengthen their governance and manage risk.  It has been our busiest and most inspiring year so far. Here are some of our highlights. This year we welcomed our 30th new client. We worked with a wide…

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Fiveways’ evaluation of the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) was published this week, as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018. The NBCP aims to improve the bereavement care parents receive after pregnancy or baby loss, by helping professionals to support families. It is backed by the government, supported by the All-Party…

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It’s been a busy few months for Fiveways, working on a range of projects for clients, old and new. Our stream of work evaluating projects and services has included an evaluation of a large national health helpline, working with a national homelessness charity on a project supporting young people into accommodation, education…

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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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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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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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