Events

Find out about the latest Inspiring Impact events. For more information about any upcoming events, please email events@thinkNPC.org or call 020 7620 4862.

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Past Events

Impact Practice: Working with volunteers

2 February, 2017, 10am-12.30pm, online

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We are ran online workshop to discuss how charities have worked with volunteers to measure the impact of their work. This event was led by some of Inspiring Impact’s impact champions who will share their experience and learning from working with volunteers.

We had three speakers from the impact champion scheme:

  • Antonia Orr, Coalition for Efficiency
    Coalition for Efficiency will give an overview of their key learning and reflections from Measuring the Good, a skills-based volunteering initiative that they run.
  • Judith McComb, Sported
    Sported will share their experience of working with volunteers to support their member groups to build their capacity to understand and measure their impact.
  • Ian Dale, National Autistic Society
    The National Autistic Society will reflect on learning from their recent experience of working with volunteers to help design and undertake fieldwork as well as broader learning on impact measurement with volunteers.

NCVO Institute of Volunteering Research  also joined us to reflect on the presentations.

If you have any other queries, please get in touch with the organiser Sarah Menzies: sarah.menzies@ncvo.org.uk

 

The launch of a new report on the benefits of shared measurement

11 February 2016, 3pm5pm, followed by drinks

A couple of years on, we have re-visited some of the organisations featured in the Inspiring Impact’s Blueprint for shared measurement—which identified key stages and success factors in developing a shared measurement approach—as well as interviewing others. We have found that data from shared measurement approaches is driving change and improvement and we hope sharing experiences will inspire more organisations to consider it.

The event was be chaired by Tris Lumley, NPC’s Director of Development, and delegates heard from:

  • Sarah Handley Report Author, NPC
  • Diana Barran, Chief Executive, Safe Lives
  • Tamsin Shuker, Impact & Evaluation Manager, Citizen’s Advice
  • Susan Wallis, Chief Executive Officer, North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

Take a look at our Storify from the event, or take a look at #SharedMeasurement to find out more about the report and launch event.

Inspiring Impact consultation event

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 3pm–5pm, followed by drinks

In light of the announcement that Inspiring Impact will receive three more years of Big Lottery funding hosted a consultation with Inspiring Impact stakeholders about the future of the programme. At the consultation event, the Inspiring Impact team presented the outline for the programme’s strategy for the next three years. Attendees were then consulted on how they thought the programme could best achieve its ambitious aims and realise its strategic goal of building an impact movement.

The same questions were put to Inspiring Impact’s broader network of supporters through an online questionnaire.

To learn more, download the full write-up of the consultation responses.

Funders for Impact: Getting the discussion started about impact practice

Monday, 14 July 2014, 11am–3pm, ACF office, London

This interactive seminar draws on research from the Inspiring Impact programme. During the session participants will explore the Principles and Drivers of Good Impact Practice and consider practical steps to take this forward better impact practice within their own organisation.

This event is part of the Professional Development Plan, organised by the Association of Charitable Foundations who lead Inspiring Impact’s funder strand.

Inspiring Impact Champions Network Event

Thursday, 20 February 2014, 1pm–4pm, The Gathering, Glasgow

Scottish charities face many of the same challenges as their peers across the UK, but operate in a different context, and don’t always have the opportunity to access and learn about good practice from the rest of the UK.

This event provides an opportunity for people to network and share learning around impact measurement. There will also be a chance to test out two of Inspiring Impact products:

  • An affordable and easy-to-use online impact measurement diagnostic system to help organisations identify what they need to do to improve their impact measurement.
  • An online impact resource finder that will make tools available for planning, managing, measuring and reviewing their impact.

Our Champions Network supports the production, dissemination and use of materials to share learning from Scotland (and in Scotland from the rest of the UK); provoke and encourage discussions around specific issues, and provide opportunities for organisations (i.e. champions!) to get together to learn from and support peers.

Good Impact Practice Forums

Monday, 27 January 2014, 10am–4pm, NCVO office, London

In January 2014 The Code of Good Impact Practice will have been available for 6 months and, in order to bring its principles to life, NCVO are running a series of impact forums to support and understand how organisations who are improving their impact practice are doing so in line with The Code. The session in January is the first of these forums and will focus on setting ‘impact’ direction. Gill Payne, Director of Policy and External Affairs at The National Housing Federation, will be presenting on her experience of impact leadership, and the forum will provide a space for peer support and challenge. In addition, it’s intended that the forums will allow Inspiring Impact to draw out and share some practical examples of organisations wishing to improve their impact practice whilst following The Code.

Funders for Impact: Getting the discussion started about impact practice

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 11am–3pm, ACF office, London

This interactive seminar draws on research from the Inspiring Impact programme. During the session participants will explore the Principles and Drivers of Good Impact Practice and consider practical steps to take this forward better impact practice within their own organisation.

This event is part of the Professional Development Plan, organised by the Association of Charitable Foundations who lead Inspiring Impact’s funder strand. James Magowan, from ACF will facilitate the session, and Tim Wilson, Principal Grants Officer at City Bridge Trust will be talking about his experience of impact on the ground.

Launch of the code of good impact practice

Monday, 17 June 2013, 8.30am10am, London

Join us for the launch of Inspiring Impact’s key first year projects—the Code of Good Impact Practice, and the Funder Principles. You’ll hear from:

  • The Inspiring Impact team—on the Code and Funder Principles we’re launching, and our future plans for the programme
  • A charity perspective—on how they’re putting the Code into practice
  • A funder perspective—on what the Principles mean to them

You’ll also hear about the exciting plans for an online marketplace for impact measurement tools and systems, and how you can get more involved in Inspiring Impact, with opportunities for questions and networking throughout.

Read more details here.

Preview of the code of good impact practice

Thursday 6 June 2013, 10am12pm, Edinburgh

Inspiring Impact will in June launch the first ever set of guidelines on what good impact practice looks like in the non-profit sector, after consultation across the sector. The Code of Good Impact Practice is intended to help charities, funders and commissioners in forming realistic and appropriate understandings of what good impact practice looks like for non-profit organisations.

This event will preview the finalised Code in Scotland, and give participants a chance to engage, debate and think about applying the Code within their work.

  • Hear from the Inspiring Impact team about the development of the Code.
  • Be taken through the Code’s key principles.
  • Reflect on and discuss the Code’s content.

NPC and Evaluation Support Scotland will be on hand to introduce you to the Code and hear your perspectives on putting it into practice. You’ll hear about Inspiring Impact’s future plans, and have a chance to feed into them, as well as engaging more closely with the programme in future.

Inspiring Impact networking drinks

Tuesday 21 May 2013, 5pm–7pm, London

We’d like to invite you to celebrate the end of the first year of the programme at our informal evening of drinks and canapes, hosted by NCVO. At the event you can learn more about Inspiring Impact and our activities to date.

Launch of Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework

Thursday 16 May 2013, 8.30am10.30am, London

We would like to invite you to the launch of the Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework and accompanying resource book developed as part of the Inspiring Employability project. The event is being hosted by Nomura and will be an opportunity to learn more about our work to help charities and funders to understand and measure the impact of their work on youth employability.

Funded by Deutsche Bank and developed in consultation with an advisory group of charities, funders and researchers (including CDG, Tomorrow’s People, DWP and the Big Lottery Fund) the Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework sets out seven key groups of factors that contribute to successful job outcomes, from emotional capabilities and attitudes, to qualifications and career management skills. The accompanying resource book presents evidence of each factor’s link to employment, suggests tools for measuring these, and provides advice on the practicalities of conducting an evaluation.

David Pritchard of NPC will be chairing the event, and delegates will hear presentations from: Dawn Plimmer of NPC, the Big Lottery Fund and an employability charity.

Launch of the Blueprint for shared measurement

Tuesday 12 March 2013, 8.30am10.30am, London

Join us to hear about the launch of the first publication in the shared measurement strand of Inspiring Impact. The report reviews twenty different shared measurement approaches to understand success factors in developing, designing and implementing shared approaches to impact measurement, and goes on to provide a blueprint for how shared measurement should be developed in the sector.

Inspiring Impact networking event

Tuesday 25 September 2012, 5.30pm–7.30pm, London

Join us for an informal evening of drinks and canapes to find out more about Inspiring Impact, and hear about all the different ways you can get involved.