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First venture into systems change

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

Primarily, our experience showed us that systems change work is difficult, time consuming, frustrating and messy. There are no rules to follow and the processes and outcomes are uncertain. It is a difficult space within which to work and a huge degree of patience is required. All partners need to agree what success will look like and believe that the prize at the end is worth the effort of getting there.
Our learning paper details some of these challenges and lessons, and will hopefully be of particular interest to other funders interested in working this way.


2018_11_14_Transforming_Pathways_External_Learning_Paper (pdf - 207 KB)