The Opportunities and Challenges of the Changing Public Services Landscape for the Third sector in Scotland: A Longitudinal Study (2009 - 2013): Year 4 and Final Report

The report uses qualitative longitudinal research within 21 third sector organisations to investigate their responses to the opportunities and challenges of the changing public services landscape in Scotland between 2009 - 2013. It builds upon the earlier reports on each of the first three years of the project.


Term Acronym Definition
Community Planning Partnerships CPP Community Planning is a process whereby public services in the area of the local authority are planned and provided after consultation and (on-going) co-operation among all public bodies and with community bodies. In each local authority area a CPP exists to oversee and implement this.
Convention of Scottish Local Government Authorities COSLA Convention of Scottish Local Government Authorities is the representative voice of Scottish local government and also acts as the employers' association on behalf of all Scottish local authorities.
Council for Voluntary Service CVS Co-ordinating and support body for the third sector in a local area.
European Social Fund ESF A form of EU funding for local, regional and national employment-related projects.
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR Independent regulator and registrar of Scottish charities.
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations SCVO Umbrella body for voluntary organisations in Scotland.
Self-directed Support SDS Self-directed support is a term that describes the ways in which individuals and families can have informed choice about the way support is provided to them. It includes a range of options for exercising those choices. Through a co-production approach to agreeing individual outcomes, options are considered for ways in which available resources can be used so people can have greater levels of control over how their support needs are met, and by whom.
Single Outcome Agreement SOA Agreements between the Scottish Government and CPPs which set out how each will work towards improving outcomes for the local people in a way that reflects local circumstances and priorities, within the context of the Government's National Outcomes and Purpose.
Social Return on Investment SROI Means of valuing the return of an investment made by a programme/organisation that incorporates wider social as well as financial returns. It uses financial comparators or 'proxies' to report on these impacts.
Third Sector Organisation TSO Voluntary, community, and not-for-profit organisations.


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