In this months Third Force News problem page, ACOSVO Business Manager Andy Dey shares everything there is to know about staff appraisals - “Our organisation is unsure about staff appraisals and is considering running an appraisal process for the first time, but we don’t know where to start!  What should we be looking at when planning staff appraisals?”

ACOSVO first entered the SCVO Digital ecosystem through the Digital Checkup tool, and from here were able to talk about their ideas and vision for their digital strategy. Through finding SCVO Digital Senior Leaders to partner with after their initial support they were inspired to see what could be achieved by fully embracing their digital potential.


This TFN blog is brought to you by ACOSVO Business Manager Andy Dey, who examines the key principles for entering into a corporate partnership.

This guest blog is brought to you by Paths for All Chief Officer, Ian Findlay who reflects on his, and his organisation's, learnings one year on from the publication of the Path to Impact report.  


Committed to driving best event venue pricing for the third sector, ExecSpace have shared their top recommendations for the most cost-effective large-scale venues available for event bookings across Scotland.


In the second of our interim reflections guest blogs, we have Karen Moore looking back over her key learning and takeaways from her interim placement closing an organisation that had lost its funding.



In July 2018 I commenced my first Interim Executive Placement since setting up my own business as a Consultant and Executive Coach. My placement is with a charity who has sadly lost their Government funding and the Board have made the decision to close the organisation. My role as an Interim Executive is to lead that closure.


As part of our look back over a year of the Interim Executive Service, we have a guest blog from one of our placed Interims, James MacBain. Below James' reflects on his 8-week placement earlier this year...

With one year of ACOSVO’s Interim Executive Service already ‘in the bag’, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on how the service is going, some of the core learnings, and what we aim to achieve going forward.


This blog was written by Stijn Dirckx, our most recent Belgian intern who has been working with ACOSVO over the past three months. He shares his experience being in Edinburgh for the first time, working in the third sector and explains how seeking discomfort can be beneficial. 

You’ve probably heard about our leadership exchange programme, but do you know the idea came from an exchange I took part in with a Serbia leader though the Euclid Network. 


So how could I refuse when around 10 years later I hear about the opportunity to do an exchange with Russian NGO leaders – and could also offer the opportunity out to ACOSVO members.