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NCVO and Charities Evaluation Services working towards merger

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services will work towards a merger later this year, the two organisations announced today.

The announcement follows the approval of a draft transfer of undertakings by NCVO’s board last week, and a similar approval from CES’s board earlier in the month. NCVO and CES will now work on the final details of the merger.

The move means that CES’s highly regarded work on outcomes and impact measurement, and its popular PQASSO quality standard will be secured for the long term. PQASSO standards are considered best-in-class for quality management and are in use by charities in the UK and overseas.

Merger talks started after CES invited a number of organisations to set out proposals for how they could secure a strong future for their work in February 2014. Detailed talks between NCVO and CES began in July.

Sue Rossiter, chair of CES, said:

‘CES’s work focusses on helping charities to maximise their impact and efficiency. This work continues to be very important and well regarded, but as a small organisation we felt our activities would be much more sustainable if they were part of a bigger whole. NCVO’s position at the heart of the voluntary sector will help us to both reach and support more charities, and to develop new products and services to meet the changing needs of the sector.’

Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, said:

‘We are delighted to be able to provide a secure future for CES’s outstanding work, including a home for its class-leading PQASSO quality standard. The importance of evaluation and impact measurement is ever-growing in the sector. Bringing CES on board will complement NCVO’s strengths in consultancy, research and governance. We want to be able to help our members by providing tools and expertise to support every aspect of their work.’

Further details will be available should the proposed merger go ahead.


For more information

Please contact Aidan Warner in the NCVO press office.

Charities Evaluation Services

Charities Evaluation Services was established in 1990 and works with thousands of voluntary organisations and funders of all sizes each year, strengthening their abilities in performance management, evaluation and quality, to support them to do what they do best. We provide training, consultancy and publications to charities to help them to improve their performance and we carry out independent evaluations on behalf of charities and funders. We also publish PQASSO, the voluntary sector’s leading quality standards which is used by over 17,000 organisations. CES believes that implementing quality standards and evaluating performance are vital to ensuring organisations are effective and assuring their continued positive impact on society.

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