Project Director: Rob Macmillan / Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2014
The Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy (BC) initiative is a significant and innovative step-change in the way in which support for front line voluntary organisations (FLOs) is organised. It suggests the move away from a supply-side focus which tends to privilege the work of existing voluntary sector infrastructure organisations, towards a ‘demand-led’ emphasis which brings the priorities of front line organisations to the fore. The underlying principle is that providing greater choice and control for FLOs over access to support will lead to more effective interventions to develop their skills and confidence and, ultimately, to improved outcomes for beneficiaries.
This study was designed to support the Big Lottery Fund in developing the Building Capabilities agenda. It included an evidence review, expert consultation and a survey of organisations providing capability building support. The study was being delivered in partnership with the TSRC at the University of Birmingham.