Click on the links below for resources to inform and inspire.

+ Evaluation & transformation

  1. 01Cost benefit analysis of youth homelessness prevention projectMy evaluation of Depaul UK's homelessness prevention service, Reconnect
  2. 02Evaluation of Edible Bankside - community food growing projectPublished evaluation of Bankside Open Spaces Trust's community food growing project, Edible Bankside
  3. 03Evaluation of Nightstop ServicesNightstop gives a young person somewhere safe to stay, with a volunteer host, in their home. This is an evaluation of six Nightstop Services.
  4. 04Guidance on how to monitor & evaluate the activities of your charity or non-profit organisationUseful guides on the stages of monitoring & evaluation from KnowHow NonProfit
  5. 05How to cost an external evaluationCharities Evaluation Service guidance paper
  6. 06ImpACT coalitionNifty tools and resources to help you improve accountability, clarity and transparency
  7. 07Monitoring and Evaluation on a ShoestringIntroduction to monitoring and evaluation from Charities Evaluation Service
  8. 08New Philanthropy CapitalThink tank dedicated to helping funders and charities achieve a greater impact; some great tools and research
  9. 09Prezi presentation of Edible Bankside evaluationSee the Edible Bankside Evaluation as a prezi presentation
  10. 10Proving and improvingA robust quality and impact toolkit for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises from NEF, Charities Evalaution Service and National Performance Programme
  11. 11Six Impact ActivitiesNCVO identify the stages of impact management beyond monitoring
  12. 12The Hallmarks of an Effective CharityThe 'daddy' of all benchmarking tools; the Charity Commission's standards that will enable boards to improve a charity's effectiveness

+ Strategic development

  1. 01Harvard Business Review BlogsInspiring articles from the private sector
  2. 02Key strategic driversThird Sector Foresight identify the key drivers for your PEST analysis
  3. 03KnowHow NonProfitEverything you need to know to run a non-profit organsiation
  4. 04Strategic planning processThird Sector Foresight on the stages of developing a strategic plan
  5. 05Tom's PlannerFree and easy web-based gantt chart software

+ Leadership & governance

  1. 01ACEVOAssociation of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations - membership body for third sector Chief Executives and emerging leaders, delivering training and research
  2. 02Cass Centre for Charity EffectivenessResearch, training, resources and a handy 'Tools for Success' toolkit from Cass Business School
  3. 03Charity Leaders' ExchangeAn experience-sharing club for leaders of medium to large UK charities who want to drive positive change in their organisations, using video-based case studies
  4. 04Code of Good Governance2nd edition of the Code of Good Governance for the Voluntary and Community Sector from the Governance Code Steering Group
  5. 05Common PurposeTraining, events and research to inspire today's leaders; they also have an online hub to share leadership development news and stories
  6. 06Harvard Business Review BlogsInspiring articles from the private sector
  7. 07KnowHow NonProfitEverything you need to know to run a non-profit organsiation
  8. 08London South Bank UniversityFully taught and distance learning courses for charity leaders
  9. 09Roffey ParkManagement and leadership institute providing research, events and training (including a few free webinars)
  10. 10Surviving the RecessionGuide from NCVO on alternatives to making staff redundant
  11. 11The Clore Leadership ProgrammeTraining and resources for the cultural sector
  12. 12Training needs analysisA step-by-step guide from Skills Third Sector to carrying out a Training Needs Analysis across all levels of an organisation
  13. 13Windsor Leadership TrustTraining programmes, events & publications for leaders from all sectors
  14. 14Winston Churchill Memorial TrustFunding for overseas trips to enhance effectiveness in your career or field of interest

+ Fundraising

  1. 01Accountability and Transparency in FundraisingInstitute of Fundraising's Code of Practice
  2. 02Full cost recovery guide and toolkitGreat Excel-based toolkit from acevo to enable you to price a project on a full cost recovery basis
  3. 03Funding CentralGuide to over 4000 grants, contracts and loans
  4. 04sofiiShowcase of fundraising innovation and inspiration

+ Other useful tools & resources

  1. 01Buying better consultingGuide from acevo on how to work with a consultant
  2. 02Cuts WatchVarious free resources to help the third sector survive funding cuts
  3. 03HR BankFree sample job descriptions & HR policies for you to download and tailor from NCVO
  4. 04In Focus: Integrating Social MediaNifty social media guide from NCVO
  5. 05Quick Guides OnlineDozens of basic online guides to download (for around £8)
  6. 06Social Media for Your Nonprofit: Take Charge!Social media guide from Ventureneer
  7. 07The Right EthosUseful resources for third sector organisations involved in campaigning
  8. 08The Young FoundationThe blurb says insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. They do this through research, events and publications.

+ Current & past clients

  1. 01Bankside Open Spaces TrustDevelopment and promotion of open spaces in London, SE1
  2. 02British Heart FoundationThe nation's heart charity
  3. 03Campaign Against Living MiserablyBeing silent isn't being strong
  4. 04CLIC SargentHelping children and young people with cancer.
  5. 05Depaul UKHelping young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged
  6. 06Environmental Protection UKFor a cleaner, quieter and healthier world
  7. 07Faversham District ScoutsDistrict Scouts in Faversham, Kent
  8. 08Get ConnectedFree, confidential help for young people (former employer)
  9. 09Prostate Cancer UKFighting prostate cancer on every front
  10. 10Rett UKSupport for people with Rett Syndrome and their families
  11. 11Wandle Valley Regional Park TrustProviding the leadership, vision and co-ordination for London's newest regional park


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    Laura Warner, Fundraiser, Depaul UK
  • Working with Emma Insley as both a CEO and a consultant was a real pleasure. Principled, hard working, great fun and highly productive, she always helped us achieve far more than we ever thought we could.

    Andrew McKnight, Chair of Get Connected
  • Insley Consulting’s work on our application to Heritage Lottery Fund and other fundraising bids was invaluable and raised £94,400. Emma is a good critical friend, and I highly recommend her services.

    Sue Morgan, CEO, Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust
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    Bonnie Clayton, Professional Fundraiser, Fundraising and Corporate Community Investment Consultant
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    Lorna Jaffa, Chair, Rett UK
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    Sarah Mangan, Finance Manager, Bankside Open Spaces Trust
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    Una Barry MBE, Deputy Chief Executive, Depaul UK
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    Stevyn Ricketts DMS, Head of Streetscene, Gosport Borough Council
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    James Townsend, Director, The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership
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    Lucy Lloyd-Scott, Head of Quality and Innovation, MS Society
  • Insley Consulting’s review of our Homes from Home nailed exactly what the service is, and gave it a new emphasis. The report really brought home the core value of the service in a convincing way.

    Helen McShane Assistant Director of Services – Strategy and Major Projects, CLIC Sargent
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    David Wheeler, Psychotherapist, David Wheeler Therapy
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    Becky Jenner, CEO, Rett UK
  • Emma Insley evaluated a large voluntary sector capacity building project in Tower Hamlets. Emma quickly grasped the complex project, created a robust approach to the evaluation and executed it without a hitch. She was thorough without being regimented and affable whilst attentive to detail.

    Toks Majek-Akisanya, Chief Executive at CIDA (Cultural Industries Development Agency)
  • Emma’s report got to the heart of the matter, with some particularly apposite recommendations. What added value also was an additional spread of recommendations broader than her brief, which was unexpected. Emma met the requirement in spades and added further benefit; the Trust was delighted with her engagement.

    Nick Kurth, Chair of Ulysses Trust
  • Emma Insley drove a programme of regular meetings and networking opportunities for our members (Youth Helplines).  Emma facilitated monitoring and evaluation, knowledge sharing and partnership working. Her work is reliable, of a high standard and valued by members, as evidence by their strong engagement and motivation.

    Peter Glenday, Head of Business Development, The Helplines Partnership
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    Christoph Warrack, Open Cinema
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    Paul Marriott, Chief Executive of Depaul UK
  • Insley Consulting did a Needs Assessment and Evaluation of our young people’s social care service.  It’s important to CLIC Sargent that everything we do is grounded in evidence.  Emma and Lori provided some excellent qualitative data and, as independent evaluators, were able to bring valuable insights that we would not have been able to gather ourselves. They have a real passion for what they do.
    Rachel Tappenden, Head of Services: Quality & Projects, CLIC Sargent
  • Before working with Emma it was an ongoing challenge to resist the pressures to take on new, very often unfunded, work.  Emma’s Needs Assessment report provided us with a clear evidence base and rationale for the future direction of the charity.  She investigated and distilled complex information into key priorities and recommendations that have been accepted across the organisation.  Now we think in ‘straight lines’ and can focus on delivering the strategy.

    Paul Ely, CEO, Bankside Open Spaces Trust
  • I’m very happy to recommend Emma Insley. Very professional, thorough and dependable.

    Jane Powell, Campaign Against Living Miserably
  • Emma Insley’s evaulation report, infographic and prezi were all extremely well received, demonstrated BOST’s professionalism, and helped very clearly to show the value of the project. The infographic in particular was welcomed and very useful to give a snapshot of the value of the project and open up discussion about the benefits of urban food growing.

    Chief Executive, Bankside Open Spaces Trust
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