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Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November
EICC, Edinburgh
Wednesday 29 November
Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November
EICC, Edinburgh
Wednesday 29 November

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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November
EICC, Edinburgh
Wednesday 29 November
Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November
EICC, Edinburgh
Wednesday 29 November
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A practical approach to understanding and owning your organisation's outcomes

Matter of Focus

Wednesday 15 June
Time slot
This event took place over 1 year ago
Carron suite
Wheelchair accessible
Charlie Mills
07468 981721
Evaluation & impact
Overall aim

By attending this workshop, we anticipate you will gain:

  • a clearer understanding of what outcomes are and what they are not
  • a practical tool for thinking about the outcomes of the work of your organisation at multiple levels
  • a deeper understanding of what it means to 'own your organisation's outcomes', and the benefits of this
  • some next steps to enable you to put the learning from this session into action.

It’s easy for organisations to get caught in a tangle of outcomes when expected to respond and adapt to the range of approaches taken by funders, commissioners, policy leads and regulators. Being able to understand and navigate around this complex outcomes landscape is key to being a sustainable third sector organisation. This is what we call ‘owning your outcomes’.

In this hands-on workshop, we will take you through our straightforward and practical approach to working well with organisational outcomes. Called outcome mapping, this manageable theory of change approach breaks down complex change into meaningful steps. Your organisation can evidence each step with its own data and feedback to understand and track progress towards different levels of outcomes. 

We will share examples from organisations that have used their improved understanding of their own outcomes to work in a more streamlined and strategic way with multiple funders.

Who was the event aimed at?


Who spoke at this event?
This practical workshop will be led by Dr Ailsa Cook, Co-founder and Director of Matter of Focus. Ailsa is a leader in the field of outcomes. Through her research and work with policy and practice, Ailsa has made a significant contribution to shifting the focus of public services in Scotland towards the outcomes that are important to citizens and communities. She is co-originator of the Talking Points Personal Outcomes Approach, now used across 1000s of organisations internationally.

Ailsa will be joined by Co-founder and Director of Matter of Focus Dr Sarah Morton, and Matter of Focus Senior Evaluation Consultant Dr Simon Bradstreet.
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The Access Group
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Strategic partners
Social Enterprise Scotland
Volunteer Scotland
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