ACOSVO Research & Guidance

ACOSVO have compiled a series of short digital modules which suggest practical changes and tips and tricks to help you look after your wellbeing whilst also dealing with the challenges of leading an organisation.
As part of Turcan Connell’s role as an ACOSVO Strategic Partner and our commitment to its members and its Chair’s Network, together we have created this ‘Governance Health Check’. Members of ACOSVO and/or Chair’s Network Scotland are encouraged to use this document as a tool to generate a conversation around governance and review your charity’s procedures and processes.
We are so pleased to launch our Recipes for Success Recipe Book. Each Recipe is the result of a workshop or discussion at 2019's Trustee Week conference; they were written by our facilitators (and some delegates) and provide ingredients, tips, and techniques that might help you build a successful organisation.
The 22nd of April marks the beginning of Cyber Week 2019. ACOSVO are partnering with SCVO and the Scottish Government to promote Cyber-Security across the sector and we’ve developed this “Protect your Network” guide for your organisation. You can use these Top Tips with your board and staff teams; you don’t need to be an expert to understand them, they should only take a few minutes each to start, and they will greatly improve the security of your organisation. Look out for even more information during Cyber Week! #CyberScotWeek19
Recruitment can be hard for first time hiring managers and seasoned professionals alike, however recruiting the right people is essential for enabling your organisation to achieve success. ACOSVO has partnered with executive search specialists, Livingston James, to bring you some top tips for managing a successful recruitment process. This toolkit is designed to support hiring managers recruit the right person for the vacant role in a timely manner and within employment legislation guidelines.
This ‘Leadership Excellence Framework’ is a structure that has been developed based on feedback from you - our members. The purpose of the framework is to provide guidance on the key competencies that all Third Sector leaders should be demonstrating on a consistent basis. In publishing this framework we are championing leadership excellence in order to enhance not only organisational performance but also that of Scotland’s Third Sector as a whole.
Almost six months on from ACOSVO Chief Executive, Pat Amrstrong's return to work, a 'lessons learned' blog has been co-created by various members of 'team ACOSVO', capturing their reflections on working together throughout a difficult time, and offering suggestions to other organisations facing the challenge of leader absence. In the blog, you can read how the team dealt with a number of challenges and how they planned, agreed and implemented support for the organisation through a difficult time.
January 2016 saw the launch of our “Path to Impact” project. 50 third sector organisations were selected in Scotland and 50 in Northern Ireland to participate in this unique, three-year pilot, which is supported with a grant from the Big Lottery Fun to assess and strengthen the capacity of third sector organisations in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The subsequent report was published in 2018 and can be accessed here.
Having forged strong links with the Scottish Government, the Scotland Office, the Carnegie Trust UK and UK funding organisations in debating opportunities and threats to the new model for Scotland, ACOSVO was delighted to have the opportunity to engage with the Smith Commission and reflect the views of our members.
Getting the best out of the relationship between the Chair and Chief Officer in a third sector organisation.
Scoping provision of learning opportunities which build cross sector skills and understanding at a leadership level.
A practical guide to setting up your management committee and sustaining its work by Shirley Otto and Jo Clifton
This paper was produced by Evaluation Support Scotland and Inclusion Scotland, as part of the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum. It aims to distil what third sector research and evidence tell us about what genuine co-production looks like in the third sector. May 2017
Governance and Scottish charities across the borders of the UK.
The report focuses on the effectiveness of boards operating within third sector organisations in Scotland.
The topics of partnerships and collaboration in the third sector in its various forms.
In response to the above, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has launched a consultation on a new draft SORP.
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the current policy, practice and funding environment in Scotland and to outline some of the key challenges and opportunities facing funders and third sector organisations who receive and seek funding. Information provided in this briefing is based on the most recent sources of relevant data and information, supplemented by data from a new survey of funders in Scotland, undertaken by the Scotland Funders’ Forum*. There are, however, some significant gaps in available data, which are highlighted in the paper. Scotland Funders Forum and ACOSVO plan to update this briefing annually so it provides a useful resource for funders and third sector organisations. Where possible the Forum will also work with others to support new research so key information gaps can be filled.
This project was commissioned to review and analyse inter-sector partnerships to determine what information, advice, evidence and support is available and where it is stored.