In February 2016, Blake Stevenson Ltd together with Arrivo Consulting Ltd. was commissioned to undertake an evaluation of Scotland’s Third Sector Interface (TSI) network model and of Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS). The aim of the evaluation was two-fold:
• To evaluate the role, function and effectiveness/impact of the Third Sector Interface network model and Voluntary Action Scotland.
• To explore with research participants what the future strategic direction and approach to Third Sector support in Scotland should be at the local level.
The TSI network model and VAS are key parts of the current Third Sector infrastructure in Scotland and the research sought to explore what is working well and what does not work in the TSI network model and VAS, the impact they are having, and what would contribute to improvement in this infrastructural context (i.e. what changes, if any, ought to be considered to ensure an effective infrastructure is in place to enhance the success of the Third Sector).