NPC has worked several times with Imara—a Nottingham-based Community Interest Company (CIC) that offers early intervention support to children, teenagers and families after a disclosure of child abuse. Most recently we supported them as part of the Impact Readiness Fund programme, developing a framework to help Imara better evidence its impact to public sector commissioners and other funders.
We helped them refine their theory of change, and conducted primary research into the commissioning environment around child abuse services in Nottinghamshire.
Imara reports notable impact as a result of this work, including immediate success with a large grant-maker that previously turn them down for funding, as well as new partnerships both locally and nationally.
NPC are very open and engaging to work with, they quickly understood the particular strengths and weaknesses of the service and helped us to build on these. Great communicators and helped us to feel well resourced.
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.
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?
A theory of change is a tool that allows you to describe the need you are trying to address, the changes you want to make (your outcomes), and what you plan to do (your activities). It can help you improve your strategy, measurement, communication and partnership working.