Looking back at our year
2020 has certainly been eventful! As the Covid crisis hit, we launched a new initiative to help philanthropists keen charities serving. Throughout 2019/20 we’ve been sparking debate in the sector through our research and events, as well as releasing new free resources to help charities achieve more for their beneficiaries, such as our Theory of Change and Understanding Impact guides.
Take a look back at our year and at our plan for the challenge ahead in the summary below. We’d love to hear what you think. Share your views on our work by completing our NPC survey.
We work to make the world a better place for people by supporting the social sector to constantly improve and do better for them.
Our strategy sets out how we do this. The fields we work in, the areas we work in, the approaches we seek to spread and the topics where we can bring our convening and research power to bear.
It builds on work NPC has done since its founding and provides a direction for our future, supporting the social sector to help people face a challenging world.
Our theory of change
We place a theory of change at the heart of our approach as we believe it is an excellent basis for both strategy development and impact measurement. Our theory of change helps clarify both what changes we want achieve and how we intend to make these happen.
We use our theory of change to identify outcomes to measure our progress against and to ensure our activities contribute towards achieving our desired impact.
We are about to update our theory of change, but you can read a previous version which maps at a high-level how we achieve change.
Understanding our impact
We track and measure our social impact in several ways, including through client surveys and follow up interviews, participant feedback forms from our charity training and events, indicators of engagement with our online resources, collating anecdotal evidence, and an annual survey of stakeholders and users of our resources.
Our annual reports (below) contain information on our impact too. You can also read some of what we have achieved in key areas of work in these pages:
We have published evaluations of work that we have led or been involved in—for instance Inspiring Impact and Data Labs. Case studies for some of our clients and partners give examples of the results of our work too.
You changed the debate about impact, which is a good thing.