The mix of support, the range of expertise and experience that Beltane can draw upon from all partners and beyond is unique. The question is what structures and funding models will maximise the benefits of this support (particularly in terms of flexibility, quality, impact, cost effectiveness and scalability) to all partners. And how can this support best be enhanced and then sustained beyond the current funding period. Our proposal is that we develop a structure that allows us to benefit from and evaluate three funding models. Model 1 is what we have now – a core funded provision that includes a range of network level activity and support for partners, including support to provide and embed training and development provision (including workshops, events and fellowships). This funding is coming from partner contributions (top slice) and per capita contributions for training from some partners. There are three issues that we would like to focus on in terms of making this core funded provision go further. First is to focus on embedding established training and development activities into institutional and partner provision. This makes it possible to dramatically scale up provision whilst leveraging in-kind support by providing courses, resources or models that institutions can run themselves. This is the approach that we will take in Edinburgh through the IAD – retaining the Beltane brand, using Beltane as a locus for innovation and piloting, and to facilitate sharing and collaboration on training between partners (as has been the case in the past). The problem with this sort of core funded provision is that it is inefficient to ask partners to provide this level of top sliced funding for core provision year on year. We will therefore use some of our core funded capacity to seed and develop activities supported through two alternate funding models and, over the three years, assess the extent to which these alternate models could in the future be used to cover some or all of the core.
SCC2013 - Developing sustainable science communication enterprises - Heather Rea
Dr Heather Rea, Project Lead@edBeltanewww.beltanenetwork.org
Lessons from SSE• Value what you do• Pilot and evaluate• Be creative about income streams• Talking about money can lead toengagement• Know your strengths and weaknessesand partner up