"Capacity building" in the third sector and the use of independent consultants: evidence from Scotland

Reid, M. and Gibb, K. (2004) "Capacity building" in the third sector and the use of independent consultants: evidence from Scotland. In: 6th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 11-14 July 2004,

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The first part of this paper addresses current approaches to capacity building for the third sector in the UK, which is targeted at the level of communities, third sector organisations, and the sector as a whole. The reasoning behind different types of intervention is explored. The second part of the paper presents some findings from a qualitative evaluation of one approach to institutional capacity building, involving consultant input. These focus on the expectations of charities receiving support, the agenda-setting process, outcomes and obstacles to success. The discussion highlights some general principles for consultancy work, and suggests that further research is needed to understand funders’ motivations for developing capacity building programmes.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reid, Miss Margaret and Gibb, Professor Ken
Authors: Reid, M., and Gibb, K.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies

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