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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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To Northern Ireland and beyond!

My Irish mother would be very pleased with me: I think I’m falling in love with Northern Ireland. Not only does it have beautiful landscape, friendly people and an excellent Titanic exhibition, but it’s seriously thinking about what it can … Continue reading

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The practice of change

By now we are all familiar with the term ‘theory of change’—the idea that charities and social enterprises should have a theory behind their work. It’s no surprise then that the past decade has seen a huge increase in the … Continue reading

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We’ve come a long way

In the summer of 2011, a group of people started planning to work together to help the UK social sector make progress on impact measurement. We were concerned about fragmentation in our approaches, and believed we would achieve more if … Continue reading

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Inspiring Impact launches in Northern Ireland

Today (Wednesday 19 March 2014) saw the launch of the Inspiring Impact NI Programme – an ambitious NI wide initiative that aims to change the way voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and their funders think about impact and … Continue reading

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In the crowd

Tim Crabbe – Chair and Director of Strategy at Substance – on the power of crowds and an opportunity to input into the new marketplace of resources. I’ve always been a fan of crowds. It probably comes from when I started … Continue reading

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Inspiring Impact celebrates first birthday with news of second year funding

Inspiring Impact has today announced that it has secured funding to continue its work for a second year. The programme will build on its first year successes by developing a digital resource to help charities and social enterprises bring their impact … Continue reading

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Measuring change

Brendan McDonnell, Director of Inspiring Impact NI partner CENI, introduces Measuring Change – An approach to outcomes for the voluntary and community sector, a new report which sets out CENI’s approach to helping organisations plan for and capture outcomes.  Voluntary … Continue reading

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Double whammy for impact

Yesterday saw the launch of not one but two sets of guidance from the Inspiring Impact programme: The Code of Good Impact Practice, aimed at charities and social enterprises, and the Funder Principles, for funders. This marks an important milestone in impact reporting: … Continue reading

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News from Scotland

‘Impact’ might be a small word but for most third sector organisations in the UK it has a very powerful meaning. Impact is, in fact, at the heart of everything we do. It is the smile of an older person … Continue reading

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