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Read stories and ideas from across the Inspiring Impact network to gain a fresh perspective on your work

Welcome to the Inspiring Impact blog, where we share news and advice from our partners, alongside stories of learning and leading from charities, social enterprises, and funders in our network. Whether you’re seeking examples of how to measure outcomes that recognise the complexity of your service, or tips on engaging funders in a conversation about good impact practice, have a browse for inspiration.

For media enquiries, please contact NPC’s Media Manager, Tom Collinge, at tom.collinge@thinkNPC.org or 020 7620 4882.

Blog: Reflections on six years of Inspiring Impact

Published:19th February 2018

Inspiring Impact has been running for almost six years—a programme run by the charity sector for the charity sector, to help improve its impact practice. So what have we achieved in this time?

Blog: New year, new website!

Published:2nd February 2018

We have been listening to your feedback and we are pleased to announce the launch of our new Inspiring Impact website! Here is a brief overview of what you can expect from it.

Blog: Keep calm and use your data

Published:6th October 2017

Tim Crabbe, founder and Chief Executive, Substance, debunks 5 big myths about 'Big Data'. Find out the main lessons from his observations which show there is no reason to panic and there is every reason to be interested in having more data and making better use of it.

Blog: Impact practice in a world of competing priorities

Published:9th August 2017

We all know it yet we all struggle to do it. So why do we spend so little time focused on impact and much of it submerged in tasks which will not help us determine what difference we are making?

Blog: Visionary sub-sector partnership: Early challenges

Published:4th May 2017

Visionary—membership organisation for local sight loss charities—is working with NCVO Charities Evaluation Services and NPC to develop shared outcomes in measurement in the sight loss sector. As we find out what sight loss charities need, we’re discovering some key challenges that we feel would be useful to share...

Blog: Impact measurement—a social activity

Published:5th April 2017

Inspiring Impact recently completed its first ever sub-sector partnership, which involved Sported—an umbrella organisation which works with community sports groups in transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people, NPC, and Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS). Here is what we learned...

Blog: Impact measurement tools: Have your say

Published:13th December 2016

When you go away how do you decide where to stay? Funnily enough, you tell us that there's actually little difference when you are making decisions about which tools and systems you use to measure and improve your impact...

Good Impact Practice: a basis for building and maintaining trust

Published:2nd December 2016

James Magowan, Inspiring Impact lead for ACF, reflects on issues raised at the recent ACF conference—which had ‘Trust’ as its theme. He explains why he sees good impact practice as a significant contributing factor in building and maintaining trust between charities and funders.

Blog: The power of peer support

Published:25th February 2016

According to a review of more than 1000 studies carried out by Nesta, peer support can help us feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. So why do we carry on evaluating our work in isolation from our peers?

Blog: Shared experience: Helping small organisations measure their impact

Published:8th October 2015

How Sported helped 20 of its member groups to sign up to Inspiring Impact’s Code of Good Impact Practice, complete the Measuring Up! online self-assessment tool and develop an ‘Impact Practice Action Plan’ for their individual organisations.

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