What is it about?
Understanding your impact and sharing what you learn about is key to the voluntary sector becoming more effective. Meanwhile, with results and value for money coming under increasing scrutiny, demonstrating your impact to others is also important. Led by our expert measurement team, this workshop will take you through our four pillar approach, helping you decide what to measure, understand what different types of data will tell you, and which methodology to use.
With a group size of no more than 15, the workshop will be interactive and hands-on. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Excellent overview with good balance of practical tips and discussion.
The training will help you to:
- Understand the terminology, concepts and definitions
- Identify intended and unintended social impacts
- Understand how to use a theory of change to inform evaluation
- Use existing evidence
- Prioritise the types of data to collect
- Choose the right level of evidence
- Decide when to collect data and from whom, and how to sample
- Select or develop qualitative and quantitative tools
- Use your findings to inform your work
Who should attend?
The training is an introductory session and assumes no prior knowledge. It is aimed at those who have no—or limited—experience of evaluation, and is relevant for all charities new to this area and looking for guidance.
Who delivers the training?
The training is delivered by our consultants who are experts in working with funders and charities of all shapes and sizes to develop robust and systematic evaluation methods and improve their impact practice.
This training is based on our reports NPC’s four pillar approach, Balancing act: A guide to proportionate evaluation and Listen and learn: How charities can use qualitative research.
Meet you trainers
At NPC we believe in impact measurement as a way for charities and funders to increase their effectiveness. We know it helps organisations improve what they do and deliver the best results for their beneficiaries. Here we publish our four pillar approach which provides clear and practical guidance on developing an impact measurement framework.
We think that, applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders to take a systemic approach to their work. This report identifies five common pitfalls that organisations fall into when using theory of change, and walks through five rules of thumb that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.
A decade ago, the term ‘theory of change’ meant little to the UK charity sector. Seen as a piece of American evaluation jargon, it did not conjure up much enthusiasm. But today, more and more charities are using theories of change, and more and more funders are asking to see them. So what is a theory of change, and why is it so valuable?