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Open OD | Inspiring radically better organisational development

Open OD | Inspiring radically better organisational development

In partnership with: SHIFT, NPC, and NCVO

Topline timings: July 2020 - March 2021

Methodology & process: Research


Open OD is an enquiry into what works and what needs to work better in the field of nonprofit sector organisational development. It is delivered by a partnership of charities: SHIFT, NPC, IVAR and NCVO, and funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.


Research suggests that organisational development in the sector tends to be inconsistent, intermittent, fragmented and under-resourced. For small and medium-sized charities, personalised support is dependent on the nature of funder grants, and often the approaches of individual grant-makers and organisational development practitioners. It’s difficult for charities of all sizes to know how to do organisational development well and access the right support at the right time.


Given the rapid shifts non-profit organisations are currently having to make, it’s never been more vital that support for organisational change is responsive, integrated and helps build a resilient sector and, thus, resilient communities.   


We have been consulting extensively with VCSEs, consultants, providers and funders to gather intelligence and insight, and are now co-designing outputs that we hope will contribute to sustained and supportive organisational development for VCSEs.

Follow the journey and what we’re learning on this blog.

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