Cost Benefit Analysis Series | A Charity's perspective

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Andy Virasami from Aberdeen based VSA, writes about their experience of conducting Cost Benefit Analysis on Building Blocks, an Early Years Family Support Public Social Partnership which operated in Aberdeen City from June 2014 to March 2016. 

Cost Benefit Analysis Series | Life Lessons from CBA

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Karen Hancock, economist at Pro Bono Economics and expert on Cost Benefit Analysis blogs for us on the life-lessons from a life spent on Cost Benefit Analysis …questions you should ask yourself before embarking on the CBA process.

Cost Benefit Analysis Series | How to approach CBA

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Social care charities are particularly adept at spotting gaps in services for the most vulnerable in our communities, and as such are able to respond with early intervention programmes that can save both local authorities and health services a large amount of money. But as a charity how can you evidence that, or even start the conversation?

Link Up: What makes a Link Up worker effective?

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Tackling societies biggest issues depends on very special types of people on the frontline. 

At Link Up we have been analysing what the critical factors are that make our workers most effective in connecting the communities in which they work.  Since 2012 Inspiring Scotland’s Link Up Programme has been leading efforts in actively tackling inequality and improving the lives of people in nine of the most vulnerable communities in Scotland.

Pro Bono Snippets - Looking for ideas for a weekend away?

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If resting weary trekking legs at a 5-star hostel in a National Park sounds idyllic, or if you'd rather be walking the West Highland Way, check out some of the charities supported by our Pro Bono network for an inspiring weekend away.

Raising the game - developing Active Play


Coming up with engaging and varied games every week isn’t always going to be easy. From the start of Active Play ventures Play Rangers have taken part in practical and group work to learn more about the theory behind the project and the active play model.

What is pro bono?

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One month into the role of pro bono executive, Elaine Crichton helps explain what pro bono activity involves and provides some examples of the sort of matches recently made between ventures and supporters from the pro bono pool.  

Catherine Alexander

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After 35 years working in banking and financial services, six weeks into her role as a Performance Advisor,Inspiring Scotland's newest recruit, Catherine Alexander, provides a little insight into her new role, those valuable first impressions of Inspiring Scotland and the sector.

See what is right, not what is wrong

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Our latest guest blogger is Isobel Grigor, Chief Executive of Calman Trust, a 14:19 Fund Venture, based in Inverness, covering the Highlands.  Calman Trust offers housing support, training and employment opportunities to young people looking to get on the road to independent living.  It also has grown to operate three successful, and award winning, social enterprises.  

Isobel takes a commercial view on running social enterprise and dismisses it as being a fluffy business.  More importantly, Isobel reminds us all we shouldn't start by looking at what's wrong with young people. Isobel first wrote this blog for Calman Trust's website but we felt it was too good not to share! 

Recognising flexible working

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Celia Tennant, reflects on winning and being a finalist in two recent awards which recognise Inspiring Scotland's family friendly and flexible approach.   

For me, a flexible approach is the common sense approach and I am delighted that this was recognised by the Institute of Directors at their most recent Awards.  We successfully won the Director of the Year for Family Friendly and Flexible Working, sponsored by the Scottish Government and also at Scotland’s Top Employers Awards where we were a finalist.