Increasing social impact should not be the sole responsibility of charities’ impact measurement and evaluation staff. A focus on impact must be built into the culture of an organisation. Impact management is about ensuring that that information you collect about your organisation’s impact is translated into meaningful insights and action. Find out how impact management can ensure you are creating positive change.
Featured resources and commentary on impact management
Inspiring Impact supports people who work and volunteer for charities, funders, and social enterprises across the UK. We provide free online resources, peer learning networks, and grant funding, so you can plan, understand, and improve your impact.
In this short practical guide, we outline how charities can turn their raw data into wisdom and informed action.
Charities and social enterprises need real support with their impact management. Announcing a new co-designed online platform to help with just that, Chair of the Impact Management Programme Sally Higham talks through these tools and celebrates the hard work that went into creating them.
With our expanding digital universe, it can feel like we’re surrounded by data but very few insights. Sonali Patel looks at how organisations can transform their data into wisdom, and use it to take informed action.
The sector's focus is shifting and the term impact management is replacing impact measurement as the new kid on the block. So what is the difference? Is this just a phase or is it something we all need to engage with?
We tend to focus on measuring and reporting when we think about impact. However, we often overlook the importance of people, systems and processes in enabling us to collect and use data effectively.
A theory of change process encourages us to reflect on our aims and plans, to discuss them with others and to make them explicit. We see this process as the foundation of charity strategy, evaluation and communication.
State of the Sector 2020: Why insights and understanding are vital at this critical time for the charity sector
State of the Sector is our comprehensive survey of the opinions of charity leaders. PwC are proud to once again be co-sponsors of this research, at this critical juncture for the charity sector.
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.
Anne Kazimirski responds to ACF's Impact and learning report from the Stronger Foundations initiative which identifies and helps foundations pursue excellent practice.
NPC Consultant Thomas Abrams explores whether recent trends toward 'purpose driven' or 'ethical' businesses are having the impact they could.
Being Better - Doing Better. In this thought piece our Chief Executive, Dan Corry, argues that civil society needs to improve, and that a Civil Society Improvement agency could be the ideal vehicle to drive such change.
The Impact for Growth Peer Network of the Impact Management Programme (now merged with Inspiring Impact) was set up last July and has grown from 11 to 40 members. What have the grantees learnt from being part of the network and how can it help the wider sector?
Data can be confusing for trustees. Here Nicola Pritchard, NPC Consultant, shares insights from sector leaders who spoke at a recent NPC seminar on the subject.
NPC Senior Consultant Anoushka Kenley considers what economic analysis has to offer those thing about how to measure impact.
Involving users in shaping services and strategies is increasingly considered to be both the right and most effective way for the social sector and charities to work. This paper argues for a greater focus in the social sector on what user involvement aims to achieve and evidencing its effectiveness.
Much has been said about 'investment readiness' for charities and social enterprises. Recent research from the Social Investment business suggests resilience may be more important, especially when it comes to having an impact.