Below you will find some of Cattanach's top picks of resources we think might be useful to you. These resources cover a range of different topics, including more information on funding. We also indicate where you might go to get practical information on working with the early years, evaluation tips, the latest research on the early years and much more!
Standard Innovation Vouchers
This scheme is intended to encourage new first-time partnerships between companies and further education institutions. Interface do this by providing vouchers, up to £5000, for innovative joint projects between the company applying and an academic institution. In order to secure this funding, you must have a pioneering idea that will lead to either new products, services or processes and want the help of an academic institution to further that idea. There are two different types of voucher. One for workplace innovation and the other for product, process and service innovation. The money that Interface provide will go straight to the university or college to cover the academic costs of your project, and then you must equal the value in cash or in-kind, such as staff time, materials or equipment or a combination of both.
Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations have put together a Covid-19 support hub with many resources to help third sector organisations in these trying times. This includes a guide to the restrictions, how best to support employees working from home, a guide to offering digital services and where to find emergency coronavirus funding.
Early Intervention Foundation Guidebook
The EIF Guidebook provides information about early intervention programmes that have been evaluated and shown to improve outcomes for children and young people. Through a rigorous assessment process, EIF has rated the strength of evidence for a programme's impact and its relative costs. The Guidebook also provides a wealth of information about the specific outcomes a programme has been shown to improve, how the programme works, how it is delivered, and the conditions or resources that can make a programme more likely to be effective.
Here you will find a compiled list of resources from Evaluation Support Scotland that they have developed to help the third sector better evaluate their own work. The resources they have developed include support guides, method sheets, webinars and case studies. All the resources are designed to help you evaluate your own activity to discover what works or doesn’t, and how to make use of that learning to measure the difference you are making.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations have created a page that helps organisations seeking funding make sense of this process. This includes a step-by-step guide on how to find funding as well as up to date funding opportunities that are refreshed regularly. This page features all the latest government funds opening up to third sector organisations as well as a search engine for finding funders.
A Guide to Evaluation
This guide, created by the Big Lottery Fund, is intended to help organisations think about the benefits of evaluating and how to get started. At the end of the guide, they provide links to some organisations that can help with more in-depth information about how to evaluate and potential tools you can use. This Big Lottery Fund guide is designed to be an entry level document into evaluation to get you started.
IVAR are an independent charity who work closely with organisations and people striving for social change. They use research to develop practical solutions to challenges faced in the third sector. Their website has a wealth of research, developed over 18 years, that can help organisations make informed, confident decisions about how to move forward. Their work focuses around some age-old themes that are particularly pertinent to the sector like funding, community action and collaboration, and partnerships.
Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum
Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum brings together third sector, academic and public sector partners. Their aim is to promote and share research about and from the third sector, encourage the use of third sector research to improve policy and practice and deliver events to support third sector researchers and encourage collaboration with academic partners.
Children in Scotland
Children in Scotland are an incredible resource to the third sector. They offer special services that provide practical support, advice and representation for children, young people, parents and families throughout Scotland. Their website has a wealth of information, with many reports about their research, compiling a collection of resources that provide information, insight and analysis on sector-wide issues.
Dartington Service Design Lab
Dartington work in close partnership with those commissioning, designing or delivering services for children. Their work is grounded in data and evidence, as well as a deep understanding of public systems and the diverse needs and community contexts they serve. They can be used to help develop new practice for working with children through their evidence based design or for a comprehensive review of existing evidence and literature.
Keeping Children Safe During COVID-19
COVID-19 has drastically changed the challenges we face when protecting the children close to us. These useful resources from the NSPCC are designed to specifically help with safeguarding and child protection in the times of the pandemic.
COVID-19 Peer Support Webinars
This is a very useful space provided by IVAR for charity leaders to support each other with the challenges of COVID-19 through 90-minute zoom sessions.