Strength Review

Have you received additional National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities funding to conduct an independent ‘strength review’?

If so, we have adapted an Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT), a comprehensive framework for a strength review. The OCAT looks at internal processes as well as external linkages (see below).

Over a couple of intensive days using this tool, we can help highlight the strengths of your organisation. We will also identify areas where improvements could be made.

The output of the review is a report, summarising the findings of the OCAT. It will recommend how you should spend the additional National Lottery’s reaching communities money to build lasting improvements to your organisation.

Get in touch for further information.

Internal Processes

  • Organisational Vision and Purpose
  • Strategic Plan or Framework
  • Board composition and functioning
  • Leadership
  • Decision making
  • Organisation structure
  • Management
  • Financial control
  • Understanding of finance and budgeting
  • Financial resource base

External Linkages

  • Analysis of the external environment
  • Participation
  • Effectiveness of work undertaken
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Marketing and external communication
  • External relationships
  • Negotiations
  • Influence
  • Innovation
  • Learning Culture

Our Expertise & Services

Quality Standard

Monitoring & Evaluation


Change Management

Barrie is to be highly recommended.  He is professional, knowledgeable, friendly but determined that we make progress.  We are very grateful. 

Building Circles had been working towards a PQASSO accreditation for several years.  A small working party met irregularly over a few years and had made some progress.  We had established some...

Barrie gave us positive and motivational support

We employed Barrie as a mentor when we started working towards the Trusted Charity Mark. We met with him every two months for approximately one year. We always found Barrie to be punctual and...

Working with Barrie has been a great experience

Working with Barrie has been a great experience.  He has gently and kindly opened our eyes to what compliance with the new Standards meant for us.  Barrie looked at the work that we prepared for our...

PQASSO – we emerge a stronger organisation.

Barrie has patiently worked with us towards our PQASSO accreditation, despite changes of our staff and the updated PQASSO.  Barrie has calmly and kindly helped us to understand the process and...

Barrie’s facilitation skills have been exceptional

Barrie structured his Organisational Strengths Review to our requirements whilst using the PQASSO framework as a benchmark. Barrie’s facilitation skills and final report have been exceptional. The...

No hesitation in recommending Barrie

Barrie provided a great combination of insight, analysis and personability in delivering an 'end of grant' independent audit for a Comic Relief grant for 2 of our Ethiopian partner NGOs. It was a...

There is real value in PQASSO

Barrie has convinced me that there is real value in the PQASSO kitemark, because to achieve it we have made one or two very positive changes to the way our charity operates. Jenny Hopkins - CEO,...

A turning point for our organisation

Barrie's facilitation of our discussion and helping us to delve deeper in to the meaning of our work, what is important and what is measurable was really valuable and provided a turning point for...

We have found the process very helpful

Barrie has been an excellent mentor as we’ve gone through the Level 1 PQASSO self-assessment process with him. He is sympathetic and understanding of the voluntary and community sector’s realities...

We are now operating more efficiently

Barrie has been invaluable in supporting Allsorts through a time of significant growth and change. Initially he came in to the organisation to guide us through a PQASSO level 2 self assessment, and...