Assess drivers

Once you understand the details and implications of your selected drivers, the next step is turn that knowledge into choices about future actions.

The first step is to consider the potential impact of your chosen key drivers on aspects of your organisation. Different drivers will impact in different ways, at different times, but all need to be considered as you craft plans for future activities for all with whom you work. 

This website includes some of our thoughts about how each driver could impact on voluntary and community organisations.  There is also a comment facility on each driver where you can add your own thoughts.  Why not return to your key drivers and read what other members think about the driver.  What impact do you think your drivers could have?  Consider adding something to the discussion. 

Our assessment grid is a useful tool for thinking through the impact of your drivers.  It prompts you to consider the potential impact of drivers in the following areas:


  • Users and their needs
  • Funders and their priorities
  • Relationships and influence (media, policymakers, other players etc.)


  • Workforce (paid, volunteers and trustees)
  • Your organisation's work (services and activities)
  • Governance, including accountability and evaluation
  • Systems and skills (communications, administration, management etc.)

Assessment grid imageDownload the assessment grid

Why not complete the grid with colleagues.

You could present it to your board together with each of your key drivers (you can download drivers as PDFs from the drivers pages).

The three "I"s

Considering the impact of drivers will throw up a range of opportunities for your organisation.  These usually fall into these categories, otherwise known as the the three "I"s:

  • Opportunity to improve – to do what you do better
  • Opportunity to innovate – to do different things
  • Opportunity to improvise – to manage risks and threats

You will now need to do another prioritisation exercise and select a few for further work.

For a detailed guide to considering the impact of drivers on your organisation, complete with practical exercises and case examples, read our guide to understanding the external environment, Looking Out (published by NCVO)

The final stage of strategic analysis is taking strategic action

Last updated at 18:47 Mon 12/Apr/10.