Dear VSSN,


would you mind forwarding this to the VSSN network? 


All the best





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


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

Download a free copy from CES' website (scroll to Noticeboard on home
page, <> )


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



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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 <>  and IDeA
<>  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]> . 


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