What makes change difficult?
The challenge is thinking outside the box and coming up with new ways of approaching a problem. When you are very close to an issue, clarity and objectivity can be hard to maintain. Bringing in an experienced consultant can ensure that no elements get left behind.
It’s hard to think broadly enough so that the strategy includes all avenues of influence.
Because I have done every single job in a charity, I can form connections and identify issues at all levels of an organisation. Equally, I understand the different worlds in which charities have to operate and how these competing demands have an effect on priorities.
Ensuring you have a strong enough infrastructure to support growth, whilst not overstretching parts of the organisation.
Having an external expert to lead you through the process ensures robustness and adherence to best practice. Just as vital is making sure the human dynamics within an organisation are in a position to help, rather than hinder strategy implementation.
Those within your organisation may not have the necessary information at their fingertips.
They often need help to obtain better information, something that can’t be done in the day job. I act as a non judgmental, empathetic voice to get the research needed and ensure that campaigns are grounded in evidence.
What I offer
As a consultant, I offer a bespoke service that is tailored to the needs of your organisation so if anything you require isn’t mentioned, get in touch and we can discuss your needs.
Services required may include:
- Service reviews – analysis of what a service is doing and whether it could be done better. How good is the service? How much does it cost? What does it deliver?
- Market review – What’s happening in the market? Do the services offered match what is needed by the market?
- Developing a 3-5 year strategic plan
- Strategic development for small community organisations.
- Impact and Outcome – how to measure whether the desired goals are being met in a robust and rigorous way.
- Gaining external stakeholder views on a new campaign to ensure it is grounded in evidence.
- Capacity building – ensuring the current internal systems will be able to support, rather than hinder your organisation long term.
- Review of internal infrastructure (including staffing and resources) in order to plan for the future.
- Internal consultation with staff to implement a new structure, develop new services or expand current ones.
- Campaigning for policy change
- Interim management
What would consultancy work with me look like?
- Initial consultation; agreeing the brief to provide a framework for the project (including the timeline and desired outcomes)
- Insight gathering (understand Problem and Goal by consulting with staff and stakeholders)
- Analysis and recommendations
- Implementation and ongoing support