Are you ready to be Better By Design?

From today the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is searching for up to 15 third sector organisations to work alongside offering the chance to receive free, intensive, expert and bespoke support as they undergo a service redesign.


BIG has commissioned Taylor Haig and the Young Foundation, experts in innovation, change and service design to support up to 15 high potential organisations that are ready for the challenge and can see the potential through design, thinking to put users at the centre of their services, improve outcomes and make their organisations more innovative.

Carolyn Sawers Head of Policy and Learning at BIG Scotland said: “This is a change to how we often work. Better By Design is not a funding programme. We are looking for organisations to apply to take part in a supported process valued at more than £50,000 to each organisation that takes part.

“Through Better By Design BIG is offering to be with those organisations throughout a two-year journey; to help with the hard parts and to champion their successes. The application process for Better By Design is different as well. We will ask interested organisations to fill out a form but those shortlisted will also need to be ready to present to our panel in person. We know that service redesign requires huge commitment and we believe the panel sessions will help us more accurately gauge who is ready to embark on this journey.”

Better By Design offers free, intensive, expert and bespoke support for organisations that want to take part in service redesign of their work and BIG is searching for up to 15 organisations across the third sector in Scotland to take part.

This process could be for your organisation if;

  • You have an appetite for looking at how you work, why you do what you do and what difference you make,
  • You want to change the way you work to intervene earlier rather than picking up the pieces when things go wrong,
  • You want to make better use of the skills and talents that your people have, or
  • You believe the next two years will see both challenges and opportunities for your organisation.

Organisations chosen to be a part of Better By Design will also be eligible to apply for grants of up to £10,000 from BIG at key points in the design and change process. Taylor Haig and Young Foundation will be sharing our learning, and running open events, throughout the course of the programme with the aim of helping many other organisations within the Scottish voluntary sector, not simply those taking part in Better By Design, to achieve better outcomes for their beneficiaries in future, and to contribute to the wider understanding or the potential of a design-led approach.

Applications to be a part of Better By Design close at 5pm on May 13, 2013 and for more information you can go to or email

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