The Office of the Third Sector is asking voluntary organisations to give it a 'health check' and rate its performance.
Stephen Dunmore, the former chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, is believed to be leading the initiative. Dunmore is a member of the Third Sector Advisory Body, which the OTS created last year to advise ministers on sector policy. The OTS also recruited him last year to "support the OTS in an advisory capacity" (2 April 2008, page 5).
Members of the advisory body are believed to have asked the OTS's strategic partners - organisations that are paid to tell it about the sector's views - to say how effectively the department has promoted the third sector across government and to rate its leadership.
"The Third Sector Advisory Body is conducting a health check of the OTS and will report in due course," said a spokeswoman for the OTS.
She declined to reveal any further details or say whether the findings would be made public.