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The future of shared measurement

Published18th January
This report reviews developments in shared measurement following Inspiring Impact’s Blueprint for shared measurement and identifies opportunities for embedding shared measurement approaches in new sectors.
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How funders’ in Scotland measure their own impact

Published18th January
This paper looks in detail at how funders measure their own impact. It explains the different approaches funders can take to measure their impact, and explores the advantages and drawbacks of each. The paper draws from Evaluation Support Scotland’s 8 years’ experience working with funders on impact. It suggests specific...
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Subsector partnerships: How Sported engaged its members to improve their impact practice

Published18th January
Sported worked with Inspiring Impact partners New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) through a Sub-sector Partnership. Sported used Inspiring Impact resources, Volunteers and peer support workshops (known as learning clusters) to support a pilot group with their impact practice, and develop the Fit for Impact (FFI) online...
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Youth Music’s impact journey

Published18th January
Youth Music is a national funder that believes in the power of music to bring about social and personal development. It offers grants for music programmes for children and young people in challenging circumstances through three different programmes. It gave away £9.2 million in 2014-15. Carol Reid and Nick Wilsdon...
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How to write an evaluation report

Published18th January
Writing an evaluation report helps you share key findings and recommendations with internal and external stakeholders. A report can be used to suggest changes to how you work, to communicate your value to funders, or to share good practice with other organisations. It can also be the starting point for...
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How to use creative reporting formats

Published18th January
If you’ve gone through the effort of planning an evaluation, collecting your data and analysing it, you will want to make sure your findings are used. You could use them to improve your work, communicate to funders and donors or engage external audiences.  Read How to use creative reporting formats...
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How to use your evaluation findings to engage external audiences

Published18th January
Sharing your evaluation findings can be exciting for you and your organisation. If you have a positive story to tell, it can be a moment of celebration of your achievements and the work you have done. If things haven’t gone as you expected, there is a still a lesson to...
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Are you leading for impact?

Published18th January
Pages20
This paper is one of the outputs of the Inspiring Impact programme. Based on a mix of desk research and interviews with voluntary sector chief executives, it asks leaders in the voluntary sector to reflect on five questions relating to impact: 1. How could focusing on impact help you do your...
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Putting the code into practice

Published18th January

This publication summarises a series of learning forums with practitioners who are leading impact practice in their organisations to understand how organisations are bringing The Code to life in practical terms.

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Cym code of good impact practice

Published18th January
Pages16
The Code was first launched in June 2013. We are delighted to see the Code translated for our Welsh speaking colleagues and hope they will also benefit from its clear guidelines as they seek to improve the way they think about and understand the impact of their work.
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