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Investment Readiness Enterprise Assessment Diagnostic (IREAD)






Investment Readiness Enterprise Assessment Diagnostic (IREAD)

DTNI’s (IREAD) analytical resource assesses an organisation's capacity to engage in social enterprise development and will provide a skills baseline for the organisation from which to build if the organisation seeks to draw investment to its work.

The IREAD tool assesses against the key pillars of Governance, Finance & Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Social Impact, Business Planning and Asset Management and Development. Once completed, it produces an composite report cross referencing all of the information inputted to give the organisation an outline of their organisational skills competencies and areas that might require further development support.

The diagnostic tool is based on similar models developed in England both by DTNI’s sister organisation Locality and by the Big Lottery, which were designed to provide a profile for specific funding programmes seeking to move organisations from grant dependency to more sustainable business models featuring elements of trading income. IREAD aims to support organisations to think about their own sustainable development and has a particular pillar around assets, asset management, development and acquisition. DTNI members have access to the tool in order to profile their organisations. External organisations can buy use of IREAD and it can be administered by an experienced DTNI staff member as necessary.

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