1910, 2016

How can Scottish charities overcome the challenge of declining public trust?

October 19th, 2016|Categories: Charities, Data Analytics|Tags: , , , |

by Christine Corlet-Walker, Consultant at Aleron (Scotland)

In June, Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR released its research findings from The Scottish Charity Surveys 2016. The report highlighted a decline in the public’s trust in Scottish charities in 2016. This came shortly after similar findings were uncovered through a UK wide Charity Commission report conducted by Populus, Public Trust and Confidence in Charities, 2016.

With part of the Aleron team now based in Edinburgh, we are beginning to understand this local context first hand.

The findings are stark. The Populus report showed that trust in charities has fallen by 15% in the past […]

909, 2016

Beyond Collaboration: Can impact define a sector?

September 9th, 2016|Categories: Charities, Social & Environmental Impact|Tags: , |

by Jasper Joyce, Consultant at Aleron

Last week we attended an inspiring workshop of youth leaders discussing and debating ‘collective impact’. Collective Impact is a concept and approach that is increasingly capturing the imagination of the social sector, funding community and governments alike. In a sentence, collective impact is the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social issue.


Five preconditions for success

The Centre for Youth Impact and UK Youth, along with a range of youth charities and charity advisers, are embarking on this ambitious and exciting project and, […]

1403, 2016

Leaders Series: Aidan Rave Interim UK Director of Strategy at Barnardo’s

March 14th, 2016|Categories: Care & Well-being, Charities, Education & Employment, Strategy|Tags: , , , , |

For our Leader Series this month, we interviewed Aidan Rave, the Interim UK Director of Strategy at Barnardo’s. Aidan joined the business sector after his experience in politics serving as Deputy Mayor of the Doncaster Council. He continued his work in consulting with a special interest in social sector work. Aidan is an expert in strategy, organisational structure, and has experience in bringing practical and impactful solutions to challenging problems.

We discussed the role of performance measurement in organisations, Barnardo’s strategic plans for the future, and organisational culture.

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1403, 2016

Performance Management in Mission Driven Organisations

March 14th, 2016|Categories: Charities, Strategy|Tags: , , |

Working with our clients, we’ve seen a full range of responses to the term ‘performance management’. At one extreme, a complete unquestioning embrace; at the other, outright distrust, with suspicion of the intrusion of yet more banal corporate theory into working life. Of course, neither reaction is really fair, for – it is suggested here – the reasoning behind ‘performance management’ is straightforward enough. It’s the conceptual structure and processes that enables organisations to not only deliver on their mission, and produce the evidence of such success, but also hone what they’re delivering as they go along: be it in […]