The Community Planning Improvement (CPI) programme was a partnership led by Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), the Improvement Service, and the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs).
TSIs play an important development role with regards to the Third Sector and volunteering locally. They are also charged by Scottish Government with the task of “building the third sector relationship” with community planning. Together these roles put them at the heart of building the bridge between sectors so that a growing range of ‘assets’ locally can contribute to better outcomes.
The CPI programme aimed to help TSIs to clarify and strengthen their role in community planning with a focus on delivering the vision of the Statement of Ambition for Community Planning and ultimately “delivering demonstrable improvements in people’s lives”.
The programme sought to develop and share the knowledge of ‘what works’ in building the third sector relationship with community planning. More broadly, the programme aimed to strengthen the role of TSI’s within community planning and its partners.
The output of the programme was an improvement plan agreed between the TSI and CPP highlighting areas for improvement to strengthen the role of TSI’s and Third Sector.
The programme completed two phases of work involving 11 TSI’s and CPPs, delivering the following:
Together such measures will achieve greater clarity around the role of TSIs, greater knowledge of ‘what works’ and a stronger focus on how TSIs and the third sector support better outcomes.
During the TSI Community Planning Improvement Programme, the partner TSIs represent the diversity of operating contexts, operating models and financial circumstances across Scotland, and the range of improvement challenges TSIs face. They were:
Phase One: August 2014 - March 2015
Phase Two: November 2015 - March 2016
The programme contributed to the achievement of the following outcomes:
The five partner TSIs are working closely with VAS and the IS throughout phase 1 in 2014/15 to:
Importantly they will connect with other work underway at the IS and within VAS and partners to ensure the work builds upon (amongst others) the development of:
The development of the self-assessment and improvement framework has involved co-design and collaboration with the wider TSI network and opportunities have been developed to share learning as the programme develops so that a rolling programme of TSI involvement can be supported.
You can download the checklists used for TSI self-assessment below:
Tel. 01506 283800