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The Opportunities and Challenges of the Changing Public Services Landscape for the Third Sector in Scotland: A Longitudinal Study Year One Report: Baseline Findings

Osborne, Stephen P; Honore, Elric; Bond, Sue; Dutton, Matthew


Stephen P Osborne

Elric Honore

Sue Bond


This research report outlines the findings from the first year of a three year longitudinal study examining the opportunities and challenges facing third sector organisations ( TSOs) in Scotland in the delivery of public services. The first year of the research aimed to establish a 'baseline' by which subsequent years of research could be compared. As part of that, specific objectives for the first year of research are summarised below:

identify the role and distinctive added value of TSOs delivering public services;
identify features of effective partnership-working between the public sector and TSOs;
assess the impact of Scottish Government and local government policy and budget priorities on TSOs' changing practice and management;
track the impact of the economic downturn and budget limitations on TSOs' roles in public service delivery;
describe how TSOs contribute to progress on the Scottish Government's national priorities and national outcomes;
describe how TSOs contribute to progress on Single Outcome Agreements and the work of Community Planning Partnerships;
enable TSOs to articulate views on the appropriateness of funders' oversight, evaluation and management procedures.

Report Type Project Report
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2012
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
ISBN 978-0-7559-9976-7
Keywords Public services; Third Sector Organisations; partnerships; local government policy;
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