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Blog: Getting to grips with proportionate evaluation

By Erica Bertolotto, Inspiring Impact, Programme Manger.  How much evaluation is enough? What to measure, and what not to measure? How much money and time to spend on evaluation? How much data collection is enough? Most charities grapple with these … Continue reading

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Blog: Impact practice in a world of competing priorities

By Aongus O’Keeffe is Programme Leader at Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland  We all know it yet we all struggle to do it. Making an impact and improving the lives of people is the ultimate reason all charities, social enterprises and … Continue reading

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Blog: Youth Music’s top ten tips for grant-giving

Youth Music shared ten tips for other grant-giving organisations who are looking to focus on impact: Use a theory of change. Youth Music found the theory of change process to be very useful in setting out their overall aims and … Continue reading

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Blog: Impact measurement—a social activity

Lucy de Las Casas, NPC and Patty Lozano-Casal, ESS share their learning from Inspiring Impact’s first sub-sector partnership with Sported.  Inspiring Impact recently completed its first ever sub-sector partnership, which involved Sported—an umbrella organisation which works with community sports groups … Continue reading

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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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