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.
All of us at @CESonline & @NCVO are excited to see this continue. There is huge inequality in #evaluation skills, knowledge & capacity – with smaller charities losing out. @Inspiringlmpact & @Access_Impact are ways of levelling the playing field. https://t.co/FMyUjHusD1
— Alex Farrow (@alexjamesfarrow) August 23, 2018
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.
The Inspiring Impact programme works with charities and funders to change the way the charity sector thinks about impact. Three years since its launch, this evaluation explores the programme's own impact on the sector and those who have used its tools. It also outlines opportunities for development over the next three years.
Many charities, funders and social enterprises are committed to learning and improving, but are stretched for time, resources and know-how. Cecilie Hestbaek, who leads the Inspiring Impact programme, outlines three easy and free ways to help busy organisations improve their impact practice.
Exploring how shared measurement approaches are shaping services and improving impact, featuring Age UK Wakefield District, ASCOT, Citizens Advice, Home-Start UK, PCOC, SafeLives Insights and Outcomes Stars.
Shared measurement involves charities working towards similar goals reaching a common understanding of what to measure, and developing the tools to do so. In this report, which is part of NPC's work on Inspiring Impact, we discuss the benefits and challenges associated with shared measurement, and through analysis of twenty approaches, examine how it is developed and draw lessons for future initiatives.