Inspiring Impact

A UK-wide collaborative programme supporting organisations to improve their impact practice by helping them know what to measure and how to measure it.

We are lead partner on Inspiring Impact, a ten-year programme that aims to make high-quality impact practice the norm in the UK voluntary sector.

As a partnership, we want the charity and social enterprise sector to achieve the greatest possible impact. And we believe that every organisation—from the smallest volunteer group to the largest charity—deserves free support to learn and improve.

Founded in 2012, thousands of charities and social enterprises have used our free online resources, learning events and grant funding to improve how they plan, deliver, assess and review their services.

Impact support for charities

2018 marks a new chapter of the programme as we bring together Inspiring Impact and the Impact Management Programme under one combined programme.

This combined programme will help more charities and social enterprises across the UK to access free support, including:

  • Online tools like Measuring Up! and the Data Diagnostic
  • Face-to-face peer learning events in 5 regions of England and multiple cities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Peer support via webinars and an online discussion forum
  • The ‘Impact Champions’ scheme for organisations who promote Inspiring Impact to their networks and members
  • Grant funding for charities and social enterprises to support an impact practice project of their choice

All our activities are designed with charity and social enterprise staff, and we regularly review what’s working and what we could improve.

Get involved

Visit to use our online tools, sign up to events and apply for grant funding. You can get in touch with us via or @Inspiringlmpact on Twitter.

Inspiring Impact partners and funders

This work builds on our 15 years’ experience in the sector and draws on the skills, experience and networks of our partners. Current partners (2018-21) include Community Evaluation Northern Ireland (CENI), Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS), NCVO Charities Evaluation Service (NCVO CES), Social Value UK (SVUK) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

Previous partners and ongoing supporters of Inspiring Impact (2012-2018) and the Impact Management Programme (2016-2018) include ACEVO, Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), Big Society Capital, Hactar, Impetus-PEF, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), Social Investment Business (SIB), Substance and the Young Foundation.

The 2018-2021 phase of the programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and City Bridge Trust and our independent Chair is Sally Higham, Founder and CEO of RunAClub.


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