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Path to Impact Conference

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:00
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NH

In early 2016, CO3 announced the commencement of a Big Lottery Fund grant centred supporting Third Sector organisations to better understand and strengthen their capacity.  The project called Path to Impact is in partnership with our counterparts in Scotland ACOSVO (Association of Chief officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations) to support 50 organisations in N.Ireland and 50 in Scotland. 

The project, involves the 100 organisations utilising an online diagnostic tool called Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) to create a better understand their strengths and areas for development.

The Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) provides an organisational health check examining an organisation’s:

  • Adaptive capacity
  • Leadership capacity
  • Management capacity and
  • Technical capacity.

It also includes a measure of organisational culture since it has a significant impact of each of the above elements. When each organisation finishes the CCAT assessment they receive a report to help them determine their strengths and recommend opportunities for improvement.  This is followed up by a one-to-one assessment. 

There was significant interest in the programme, with 294 Third Sector Organisations registering their interest to take part.

Fifty organisations have been selected in each region and they have completed the online assessment.  This is complimented by a one to one meeting.  It provides an opportunity to analyse the findings in more detail, and prepare a programme of support for the organisations.  In 18 months’ time, the 50 organisations in each region will retake the CCAT assessment. 

There will therefore be a Path to Impact conference taking place on 23 March 2017.

It will be an opportunity to present the initial research report which details the findings to date.  This detailed report will highlight the strengths and areas of support that are needed to build the sustainability of the sector.  For the first time we will also have a comparative dataset on the capacity of the NI and Scotland VCSE sectors. 

A more detailed agenda, will follow in due course. 

It will provide you with an opportunity to hear first-hand from those participating in the programme also. 

Please RSVP with Rachel at rachel@co3.bz  by Friday 27 January 2017