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Blog: Greater than the parts

From her experience of leading A Stitch in Time? Diane Kennedy explains thematic programmes: how they work and what difference they make.

Diane lead the workshop 'Greater than the parts' at our Looking back Looking forward conference in May 2015 and gives an insight of the content in this blog. 

Third sector organisations often face challenges in explaining, measuring and evidencing their work. Sometimes it’s helpful to work with others to address common challenges.  Together we can find solutions and generate learning to share with others.

This is what we do through our Thematic Programmes.

The attached graphic describes briefly some of the programmes we have undertaken, explains our approach and what can be included in a programme.

In this workshop Theodora Hidalgo, Pilton Equalities Project, described what it was like to be a part of the Stitch in Time programme.  Diane Kennedy led a discussion on the benefits of working together and what we had learnt. For example,

  • Individual organisations get a lot out of being involved in terms of building skills, making connections and sharing approaches
  • Third sector organisations as a group can showcase their work and get feedback from others
  • We create collaborative spaces where funders, policy makers and third sector organisations can come together
  • Shared logic models and/ or outcome frameworks can be useful for gathering a range of evidence across a range of organisations
  • Collated together, third sector evidence can influence policy and funding.

What difference did A Stitch in Time?  make to Pilton Equalities Project

Theodora says:

  • Participating in SIT? was fun and informative
  • Logic models - useful for staff to look at outcomes and used for funding applications
  • Letting staff know 'light touch' is just as important as facts and numbers
  • Updated monitoring and evaluation forms
  • Updating business plan
  • Getting Pilton Equalities Project's name 'out there'.

For more information contact Diane Kennedy at

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