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Blog: Working with volunteers in impact practice

  Inspiring Impact ran and live streamed an event on 2nd February 2017 that focused on the benefits of working with volunteers to measure impact practice. Three of our Impact Champs presented on their own experiences: Antonia Orr from Coalition for … Continue reading

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Blog: Impact Practice is a journey

Nick Wilsdon, Learning & Evaluation Manager at the National Foundation for Youth Music shares his experience of the process of successfully embedding a strategic learning approach to evaluation. He highlights the journey of change in his organisation, and concludes with … Continue reading

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Blog: Learning matters—make it a habit, not an event

 Patty Lozano-Casal, (second left) Inspiring Impact lead for Evaluation Support Scotland, reflects on Principle 8 of The Code of Good Impact Practice: ‘Actively share your impact plans, methods, findings and learning’.   In it she draws on her two weeks … Continue reading

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Impact measurement tools: Have your say

When you go away how do you decide where to stay? Do you go with the cheapest option or look at how many stars a hotel has got? Do you just stay in the same place every time or insist … Continue reading

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Good Impact Practice: a basis for building and maintaining trust

James Magowan is the Inspiring Impact lead for ACF. Here he 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 … Continue reading

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The power of peer support

by Patty Lozano-Casal, Evidence into Policy and Practice Manager at Evaluation Support Scotland On my way to work recently I found myself reflecting on the idea of ‘peer support’. I remembered a personal anecdote that my colleague, Emma, shared with me. She told me about … Continue reading

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Taking our own advice—Embedding impact practice across our organisation

By Dr Cassy Rutherford These are challenging times for the third sector, and it’s becoming increasingly important for us all—funders included—to be able to understand and evidence our impact. The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland. … Continue reading

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Shared experience: Helping small organisations measure their impact

By Judith McComb Sported is a free membership organisation that supports thousands of community groups and clubs across the UK that use the power of sport to change young lives.   As part of the Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland  pilot, … Continue reading

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Impact measurement: Fad or fact of life

By Dr James Magowan Impact measurement has been a hardy perennial on the agenda of philanthropic conferences and events for a while. Recently, more attention has been focused on the role associations play in supporting foundation impact practice and how … Continue reading

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All in proportion: reflections on impact

Liza Kellett is Chief Executive of Community Foundation in Wales. The Community Foundation in Wales has recently completed an evaluation of a strategic, ten-year community-led grant investment programme run by one of our clients, the Fair Share Trust.  Motivated by the trust’s … Continue reading

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