PQASSO to paint a picture of charity performance

Charities are set to review each others' effectiveness as part of an initiative to gain a new quality mark that will validate the organisation's viability.

The move is part of an expansion to Charities Evaluation Services’ PQASSO tool, which is used by thousands of charities to assess their own performance in key areas.

CES will train charities to carry out evaluations before pairing them off with suitable organisations to review. Any organisation that passes the test will be handed a quality mark that will vouch for its effectiveness.

Colin Nee, chief executive of CES, said the peer-review system would mean that the expertise charities gained through the process would be maintained within the sector.

“The main benefit is that it keeps the learning in the sector,” he said. “You will not have a team of consultants parachuting in, then parachuting out again.”

The addition to the PQASSO service comes as the tool celebrates its 10th anniversary. It was developed by CES to help small charities make sure they were doing everything that was necessary to ensure their own sustainability.

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