The programme

Better by Design is a ground-breaking Big Lottery Fund Scotland programme to support a better and more sustainable third sector across Scotland.

The sector plays a vital role in reducing inequalities and improving lives for individuals and communities. It is also a key contributor to delivery, innovation and change in public services. However, voluntary and community organisations are facing unprecedented challenges, and working harder than ever in the context of a difficult funding environment.

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland has commissioned The Young Foundation and TaylorHaig to develop a programme of design-led support to 15 third sector organisations across Scotland.  The organisations were selected through a competitive process in February 2013 and the programme runs until March 2015.  Research for Real and Animate are the learning partners for the programme. 

The programme provides bespoke support for each organisation, guiding through a design-led change process that draws on insight from a wide range of stakeholders, and uses innovative and practical design techniques to put people at the centre of the services they want and need. It also provides specialist input around research, engagement and participation, impact and evaluation and social enterprise, as well as a series of webinars.

The programme includes a series of learning events on design and innovation that are open to anyone from the third sector who is interested, and reports, tools and learning will be shared through this blog.

The programme aims to test the efficacy of a design-led approach and to build skills and capacity in the sector around design-led approaches. 

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