Shared measurement is about learning together. It starts with asking: How can I compare the impact of our work with other charities who do similar things? How can I compare the impact of funding compared with other funders? And what’s the best way for charities to build an evidence base together?
We think charities and funders have a lot to learn from one another about what works, and that for many, there is a lack of robust evidence to underpin their work. We also know evaluation is hard and that the resources and capacity just aren’t there.
Shared measurement offers charities and funders who share similar goals an exciting opportunity to collect and/or share similar types of data to build a better understanding about what works and how charities in a particular sector are creating social change.
With Covid-19 forcing charities to work together, now is a good time to consider what we can learn from each other and what impact we have collectively.
There are different ways charities and funders can do shared measurement. Read our guidance on shared measurement and find out more about the collaborative projects we’ve worked on. If you want to find our more or you’re unsure where to start, we’d love to hear from you.
Featured resources and commentary on shared measurement
Charities and funders need to be brilliant at understanding what works best, where, why and for whom. But right now, as a sector, we are not making the most of what we know. Anne Kazimirski looks at what is needed for this to change.
NPC believes that the effective use of evidence increases charities’ positive impact. But this potential is unrealised because good practices and systems are lacking. Here we set out what it looks like to use evidence effectively and suggest ways to achieve it.
Drawing from our recent paper, Under the microscope, James Noble revisits the two main reasons we should be collecting impact data, and explains why they mean we should think before we measure.
This report highlights 8 developments that we think have the greatest potential to improve evaluation and programme design, and the careful collection and use of data.
Andrew Weston reflects upon the launch event of Inspiring Impact's new shared measurement report. There, some of the charities featured in the report explained how sharing information about their outcomes with similar organisations has helped them to improve their collective impact.
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.
In this report, 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.
This event is part of our Leading Impact series of seminars and will discuss what can be achieved through shared evaluation even if the perfect conditions do not exist.
The cycle of good impact practice provides simple, step-by-step guidance for how to plan your impact, carry out measurement, assess the data you collect, and review your work. It is a four-step process and there are lots of practical, downloadable resources to support you along the way.
Our interactive dashboard providing an overview of the shared evaluation of the Youth Investment Fund.
In our eighth Learning and Insight paper, we report on our model for simulating the economic benefits of open access youth provision.
Our seventh Learning and Insight paper shares the findings of our shared evaluation of the Youth Investment Fund.
In our sixth Learning and Insight paper we reflect on what we have learnt from the experience of the YIF learning and evaluation project, with a view to informing future open access youth provision learning and evaluation initiatives.
How have small organisations been understanding and improving the difference they make? A new collection of stories and tips from the Inspiring Impact programme focus on the role of smaller organisations during the pandemic and how they have adapted their impact measurement.
Early findings about the quality and impact of open access youth provision, with insights into the development of feasible and meaningful evaluation approaches for this field.
This paper describes the YIF shared outcomes measurement framework that has been developed for the YIF-funded organisations, and set out the rationale behind the outcomes framework design.
The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in urgent need, vanishing resources and huge uncertainty. In the midst of all of this, there’s new opportunities to use creativity, coordination and adaptation to gather data and evidence.
How to turn your theory of change into a plan for measurement, the five types of data you will need to pay attention to, and how to prioritise what to measure.