Quality Standards: The value of external accreditation
2 September 2015
Achieving IiV gives organisations the opportunity to improve and develop practice and recognises commitment to high quality volunteer management.
For some volunteer involving organisations the cost of going through the Investing in Volunteers process can seem off-putting at first. But by making full use of the expertise available from Volunteer Scotland’s IiV assessors [and advisers], an organisation will get the very best value from the process.
Value is not just about money, Volunteer Scotland promotes IiV as a blueprint for successful volunteers’ management, not just a plaque on the wall. Even the best organisations can develop to ensure volunteers get the best possible experience.
As Janet points out in her article,
“The costs involved can be less than appealing, but my answer to the question ‘is it worth it’, based on what organisations themselves have told me and continue to tell me, is a definite ‘yes’.”
For ten years Janet Lewis-Jones was director of operations at a national charity responsible for contracts worth over £12m. She is one of the longest serving England IiV assessors, as well as one of their Lead Assessors, she divides her time between assessing organisations against quality standards and delivering training and consultancy to the voluntary sector.
Read more of Janet’s article Quality Standards: The value of external accreditation on the NCVO's Blog.