Measuring your impact

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A new chapter for Inspiring Impact

on 28 September 2018

The Inspiring Impact and the Impact Management Programme are merging. The combined programme will offer free impact support to charities and social enterprises across the UK.  Here, Rachel Tait sets out the process and thinking behind the decision.

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School’s out! But charities can keep on learning

on 18 December 2015

We are reaching the end of the first term of the school year, which means a well-deserved break for many. But the winter break also gives education charities running interventions in schools a chance to evaluate their autumn term programmes. Here's how starting with a theory of change can help.

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Charities and funders must communicate about impact measurement

on 4 December 2015

Many charities are keen to measure their impact, but pressure or restrictions from their funders may be a barrier to doing so successfully. In situations like this, communication is key.

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#GivingTuesday: More money isn’t the (only) answer

on 1 December 2015

Giving Tuesday is a great way to get more money directed towards charitable causes. But, as George Hoare explains, what matters above all is how the cash is then used.

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Efficiency: What is it and how do we get it?

on 23 October 2015

Efficiency, particularly when charities are evaluating the work they do, is key to delivering services and to making the most of available resources. But for many charities it feels out of reach. With lessons learned from the recent NPC Ignites conference, Anne Kazimirski looks at a possible solution.

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Making the most of campaigning

on 25 September 2015

How can charities know whether their campaigning is successful? And how can they start to measure the impact of this work with so little time and even less money? Here are six tips for getting started.

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The joys and sorrows of league tables

on 3 September 2015

Recent exam results coverage has got us thinking about the social sector’s own league tables, used to rank the impact of different interventions. Used proportionally, they have the potential to drive up impact across the social sector—which would make many of us leap with joy.

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We all want to know how well our kids are doing, don’t we?

on 20 August 2015

Today is GCSE results day, and the UK's young people will find out how well they have performed. But what about the charities that have been working with them to try and facilitate their success? Wouldn’t it be helpful if they too could access the statistics needed to ascertain whether or not they are supporting children to get better grades?

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Work to improve educational outcomes? We need your views!

on 3 July 2015

Many charities and social enterprises provide young people with support to improve their outcomes in school. But currently charities struggle to access data on what happens to young people after an intervention, so they don’t know if their work has had an impact on attainment or attendance. We're building the case for an education data lab service to overcome this issue—read on for details of our survey so you can have your say.

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Traps on the evaluation journey for commissioners & providers

on 20 May 2015

Evaluation is hard—there’s no denying it. Being aware of the main barriers to success can help make the path run more smoothly. Here are three traps to avoid at all cost on your evaluation journey.

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The future of data

on 7 April 2015

Our Data Labs project is gaining momentum—and it’s the turn of the voluntary sector to drive it on!

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Leading impact: Not just about spreading the love

on 25 March 2015

Charity leaders need to use soft skills and make hard choices to put impact at the heart of their work—key themes from NPC's Impact Leadership conference for charity leaders on 24 March 2015.

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