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Questions you might ask yourself

  • How clearly do we define our ambitions for the future?

  • How well is our vision understood?

  • Have we included our learning and/or participatory programme?

What success looks like

  • We have a written vision statement that clearly outlines our artistic and organisational aspirations for the future.

  • Our vision informs everything that we do.

  • The community in which we work understands and, if appropriate, has contributed to our vision.



Mindtools is a website providing management, leadership & career training and a range of tools and resources on a number of management subjects. Access to many of these requires a subscription of US$1 per month. However, many articles are available free online. An eBook containing all its online tools is available for download for around US$20.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is an organisation which "gives voice and support to civil society" by supporting the voluntary and community sectors with advice and information.

Third Sector Foresight

Third Sector Foresight is a National Council for Voluntary Organisations website, offering strategic insight and planning tools for the UK voluntary and community sector, including key drivers influencing the sector.

  • This takes you through a process of making sense of your environment through strategic analysis, including how to carry out a PEST (political, environmental, social, technological) impact analysis.

Value Based Management (VBM)

The Value Based Management (VBM) site is a library of explanation of management methods, models and theories, giving succinct outlines of numerous approaches under five headings: 'Strategy- Value Creation'; 'Valuation- Decision Making'; 'Organisation - Change - Culture'; 'Communication - Marketing'; and 'Leadership - Management'. The sections are cross-referenced. The links at the bottom of each column take you to the 12manage site. No log-in or registration is required for VBM.