Impact management


Collaborating for greater impact: Building an integrated data ecosystem

on 13 February 2018

A joint project between NPC, Mowat NFP, and Imagine Canada, this paper defines the data ecosystem, summarises the charitable data policy context, and highlights key challenges and emerging trends. It provides actionable recommendations to build a more enabling environment for data collection, analysis and sharing.


Assessing the impact practices of impact investments

on 15 January 2018

A light-touch and practical framework for comparing an organisation’s approach to impact against best practice.

Headshot of NPC Trustee Peter Wheeler

15 years of NPC: How it all began

By Peter Wheeler
on 31 August 2017

A decade and a half ago when NPC’s impact journey started, the landscape was under-populated, almost lonely. Here one of our founding trustees Peter Wheeler explains how it all began and where it has taken us.


Shifting the dial: How to take an impact-focused approach to your policy change campaigns

on 4 August 2017

A practical guide to focusing on impact while planning, delivering and evaluating a campaign.


What does putting impact first look like?

on 20 July 2017

Javed Khan, CEO, Barnardo's

Barnardo’s is the largest and oldest national children’s charity, with a reputation for its expertise. But that doesn’t make it immune to the challenges of working with commissioners to design and deliver services that create an impact. Here its CEO, Javed Khan, talks through the importance of charities understanding their impact, the challenges that many face, and how Barnardo’s is working to overcome them through strategic partnerships with local government.


How we’re building a greater scope for greater impact

on 20 July 2017

Mark Atkinson, CEO, Scope

Earlier this year, leading disability charity Scope announced a radical new strategy that would mean enormous change for the organisation. Here the charity’s chief executive talks through the plans for this transformation: how they got here, where they’re going, how they’ll do it, and why it matters.

the word impact written in children's toys

Impact management: New kid on the block

on 16 June 2017

The sector's focus is shifting and the term impact management is replacing impact measurement as the new kid on the block. So what is the difference? Is this just a phase or is it something we all need to engage with?


Impact reporting: What trustees need to know

on 16 March 2017

In this short briefing, we explain why impact reporting can help trustees do their job, and how they can encourage their charities to report on impact. We also outline what good impact reporting looks like so trustees can support the process.


How to make a strategy for impact

on 13 March 2017

‘A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.’ We've updated of our free guide to charity strategy with some fresh thinking. Here Sally Bagwell introduces our approach and outlines some key principles for developing a strategy.


Strategy for impact: NPC’s practical approach to strategy development for charities

on 13 March 2017

Without strategy, charities and social enterprises will struggle to create impact. This guidance shares how NPC approaches strategy development and includes our strategy triangle, which has been specially tailored for the charity sector.


What you need to know about the Impact Management Programme

on 16 November 2016

NPC is leading the new Impact Management Programme, funded by the Access Foundation and Power to Change, which aims to help charities and social enterprises increase their social impact and diversify their income. In this blog Rob Abercrombie explains more about this work and the opportunity it brings, as well as how you can get involved to shape the programme.


Troubled evaluations

on 10 November 2016

The government's Troubled Families Programme has had no discernible impact, according to those evaluating it. Dan Corry looks at what happened with the initiative, and why it matters.