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Inspiring Impact supports people who work or volunteer for charities and social enterprises across the UK through a combination of free online resources, peer learning networks, and grant funding

Limited impact practice in the voluntary sector prevents organisations from understanding and improving the effects of their work. We know many charities and social enterprises are:

  • overwhelmed by the quantity of impact measurement tools and resources available online
  • struggling to implement and embed appropriate and valuable impact practice
  • collecting and using some data, while lacking the resources, skills or confidence to use it effectively
  • finding online resources and tools helpful, but in need of clear next steps based on the lived experiences of others

That’s why Inspiring Impact supports people who work or volunteer for charities and social enterprises at every stage in the cycle of good impact practice.

We provide free, easy to use online resources and tools that are peer tested and approved. Instead of sifting through hundreds of variations, we give people the confidence they’re using the best ones for the job.

At the same time, we run peer learning networks all over the UK to connect people facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences, and giving and receiving feedback, helps to embed learning and enhance individuals’ knowledge and practice of the subject.

We offer grant funding, too, so charities and social enterprises that would otherwise lack the opportunity can invest in understanding and improving their impact.

And we gather and share insights about factors that may influence the voluntary sector’s ability to make a difference, such as funder practices or existing evidence.

Free online tools and resources:

Self-assessment tools: Charities and social enterprises find it hard to know where to start with impact practice, so we’ve created a free self-assessment tool to help with that first step. The impact practice self assessment enables you to diagnose your current impact practice and identify where improvements can be made. Another self-assessment tool – the Data collection self assessment – asks simple questions about your programme or service and returns tailored recommendations about what data to collect and how.

How-to guidance: Our how-to guides focus on the cycle of good impact practice, identifying the practical steps people can take to improve their practice by planning, doing, assessing, and reviewing.

Resource library: Not knowing which tools to use can hamper good quality impact measurement. Our resource library is a carefully curated online repository to help organisations find the data, tools, systems, and services they need

Peer learning networks:

Practical activities and peer support: We understand the value of sharing and learning from others facing similar challenges, so we host peer learning events across the UK, with a mix of inspirational talks and networking.

Impact champions: We support charities, social enterprises, and funders to improve their own impact practice, while using their networks to share good practice with the wider sector.

Grant funding:

Grant funding for impact projects: We provide grant funding so charities and social enterprises can invest in understanding and improving their impact. This includes funding for partnerships and free consultancy to develop tools and resources for a particular sub-sector, such as sports, sight loss or mental health.

Inspiring Impact also keeps in touch with grantees from the Impact Management Programme. Inspiring Impact and the Impact Management Programme merged in September 2018.

User insights:

Funder and commissioner insights: We gather and share insights about factors that may influence the voluntary sector’s ability to make a difference, such as funder practices or existing evidence.

Case studies: We highlight examples of individuals who have made changes to their impact practice to understand, measure, and improve a programme or service.

Money in all industries is having to become more accountable and the voluntary sector is no exception. Funder-beneficiary relationships are being transformed by the need for measurement and the demonstration of effectiveness. Although this can sound daunting, organisations can turn this to their advantage with the right tools and training. Programmes like Inspiring Impact really are bringing us the right ideas at the right time.

Nick Hurd, Former Minister for Civil Society

Self-assessments

It helps to know more about yourself when deciding what to do next. Our simple self-assessment tools help you identify how to improve your impact practice and data collection.

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