Dear VSSN, would you mind forwarding this to the VSSN network? All the best Colin ________________________________ Dear VSSN members, Demonstrating the Difference - new study report from Charities Evaluation Services on how sector infrastructure organisations are getting to grips with assessing their outcomes. All across government, times are extremely tight. Everybody is going to have to work harder to demonstrate why what they do represents good value for money. (Research respondent, Office of the Third Sector ) Demonstrating the Difference examines the challenges infrastructure organisations face when trying to assess the difference their work makes, and how many of them have sought to overcome these difficulties. The report looks at: * how the need to demonstrate difference is becoming more urgent; * what infrastructure organisations can do to enhance their ability to demonstrate the difference they make; and * what information funders and commissioners are asking from infrastructure, and what infrastructure organisations are gathering for themselves. Download a free copy from CES' website (scroll to Noticeboard on home page, www.ces-vol.org.uk <http://www.ces-vol.org.uk/> ) CES will be sharing our findings with infrastructure networks and funders, and particularly Big Lottery Fund BASIS which has just announced a major programme in this area to be led by NCVO. If you have any queries or observations about the report, please feel free to email me. Best wishes, Colin Nee Chief Executive Charities Evaluation Services (CES) 4 Coldbath Square London EC1R 5HL Tel. 020 7713 5722 Fax 020 7713 5692 Email: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Website: www.ces-vol.org.uk <http://www.ces-vol.org.uk/> Charities Evaluation Services (CES) is the UK's leading provider of training, consultancy and information on evaluation and quality systems in the third sector. We also publish PQASSO, the most widely used quality system in the sector. CES is an independent charity. We work with third sector organisations and their funders. Demonstrating Quality in Challenging Times - CES and IDeA National Quality Conference, 25 June 2009, London. In an economic depression, how can third sector organisations demonstrate their quality and stay ahead of the game? Charities Evaluation Services <http://www.ces-vol.org.uk/> and IDeA <http://www.idea.gov.uk/> have joined forces to host a national conference to address the importance of using quality to build resilience and increase sustainability. To register your interest and be the first to hear when tickets and further information become available email [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> . CES is a registered charity (no. 803602) and company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales (no. 2510318). Registered office address is: 4 Coldbath Square, London EC1R 5HL, UK. VAT registration no. 564 5833 16.