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Evaluation of the work of the Third Sector Interface (TSI) network across Scotland – April 2017

Wednesday 3rd May, 2017

The TSI for the Scottish Borders is the Borders Third Sector Partnership and comprises:
• The Bridge
• Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (BAVS)
• Volunteer Centre Borders
• Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber

Last year, the Scottish Government began an Evaluation of the Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) and their umbrella body, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS). A full Evaluation Report and Executive Summary was published prior to Christmas and circulated to the wider third sector and partners. This work is still in progress with Scottish Government, the Third Sector Interface Network and Voluntary Action Scotland. To date there have been a number of meetings reviewing the outcomes/recommendations in the report and this work will continue into the Autumn 2017.

Scottish Government sent out a further document on 18 April 2017 to all the 32 Third Sector Interfaces in Scotland, outlining the current position and indeed the next phase of the evaluation.

Please see below a statement taken from this paper:

“The independent evaluation provides robust evidence to be used as part of a broader engagement process about improvements necessary in the short, medium and longer term.

VAS are working with the TSI network and their membership to examine how the findings of the report can be implemented to deliver strategic and operational improvements to enable clear progress towards better outcomes for people and communities during the 2017/18 financial year. Over the next 3 months Scottish Government officials are holding a series of conversations and events throughout Scotland to examine how the third sector infrastructure is organised and how it can be improved in the medium to longer term.

The Scottish Government wants to ensure that as many people as possible to put forward their views on how the local third sector should be organised to support individuals and communities across Scotland. Following this wider engagement, Scottish Government officials, in dialogue with the wider interests, will draw together recommendations for consideration by Scottish Ministers by Autumn 2017 for implementation from 2018/19.”

Priorities are clearly identified in the report along with 18 Recommendations in the Executive Summary.

Both reports can be downloaded below for information and discussion. (Please note the full report is 64 pages). They are available on all partners’ websites.

We will be sending out a short survey with a number of questions to find out your views and recommendations. We will also be arranging a number of focus groups and hope that you will attend to develop this work further.

Morag Walker on behalf of Borders Third Sector Partnership

Executive Officer, The Bridge. Tel: 01896 755370

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