Shared Measurement

Shared measurement involves charities and social enterprises working on similar issues, and towards similar goals, reaching a common understanding of what to measure, and developing the tools to do so. Inspiring Impact’s work on shared measurement aims to develop common indicators and tools for specific fields or interventions to help share and compare results, methods and lessons, and identify the most effective solutions. This work is led by NPC.

> Shared measurement: Greater than the sum of its parts

Three years on from the Blueprint for shared measurement, we have re-visited some of the approaches featured in the report—as well as identifying new examples—to highlight how shared measurement data is being used to drive change and improvement.

> The future of shared measurement

Inspiring Impact reviews developments in shared measurement following the publication of Blueprint for shared measurement and identifies opportunities for embedding shared measurement approaches in new sectors.

> A blueprint for shared measurement

Inspiring Impact has carried out in-depth research into different shared measurement approaches, exploring which have been most successful and identifying the critical success factors.

> In-depth shared measurement projects

A major aim of Inspiring Impact is to develop a series of shared measurement projects, building on the blueprint for shared measurement. In 2013, we developed the Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework, and we plan to explore other areas where this approach can add value.

II shared mes 2016Shared measurement: Greater than the sum of its parts

February 2016

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Shared measurement involves charities that work towards similar goals reaching a common understanding of what to measure, and developing the tools to do so.

Three years on from the Blueprint for shared measurement, we have re-visited some of the approaches featured in the report—as well as identifying new examples—to highlight how shared measurement data is being used to drive change and improvement.

We found that data from shared measurement has been used in a variety of ways, including operationally—to improve services—and strategically—to influence policy, fundraising and commissioning practice. There were also a number of wider benefits of the shared measurement approach itself, showing that shared measurement is greater than the sum of its parts.

In this report, we discuss the benefits and challenges associated with shared measurement. Through analysis of twenty approaches, we examine how it is developed and draw lessons for future initiatives.

Future of shared measurement front coverThe future of shared measurement

July 2014

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The acknowledgment that impact measurement can transform the effectiveness of a charity has led many to embrace it. However, all too often, different charities working to tackle the same problems or achieve the same outcomes are measuring their impact in different ways.

This state of play works against the full potential of impact measurement. Shared measurement—the use of common measurement tools by more than one organisation—reduces the duplication of effort in developing bespoke impact measurement tools, allowing charities to focus their resources more efficiently. By measuring consistently we can compare information between organisations that will help us understand what works and why.

This report reviews developments in shared measurement following the publication of Inspiring Impact’s Blueprint for shared measurement and presents our framework for assessing if a sector is an appropriate candidate for shared measurement. This sets out criteria, including indicators of drivers and barriers to shared measurement.

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The Journey to Employment framework The Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework

April 2014

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Tackling youth unemployment is a priority. Over 1 million young people are not in employment, full-time education or training—almost 1 in 7 of all young people in the UK. Transitions to adulthood have become increasingly difficult as a result of the economic outlook and the breakdown of traditional pathways into work.

This framework helps organisations that work with young people to understand and measure the impact they have on the journey to employment. It is designed to help charities think through how their work contributes to young people’s employability, and plan approaches to evaluation.

Based on evidence from the literature and insights from consultation with experts, we have identified seven groups of factors that contribute to successful job outcomes: personal circumstances; emotional capabilities; attitudes to work; employability skills; qualifications, education and training; experience and involvement; and career management skills.

The framework presents a series of indicators and tools covering each of these aspects. The tools have been drawn together from existing sources, and reflect our assessment of robustness, cost, and ease of use.

Originally launched in May 2013, we have used feedback from across the sector to refine and develop the framework further.

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The-JET-Pack-IIThe JET Pack: a guide to using the JET framework

December 2013

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The JET Pack provides practical guidance to support organisations using the Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework. It is a step-by-step guide to identifying what to measure, deciding how and when to measure, and using the resulting data to learn and improve.

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Download the JET poster for a handy summary of the eight steps.

Join our LinkedIn Group to ask questions and meet other organisations using the framework.

Blueprint for shared measurementBlueprint for shared measurement

March 2013

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Shared measurement involves charities and social enterprises working on similar issues, and towards similar goals, reaching a common understanding of what to measure, and developing the tools to do so. This report defines what we understand shared measurement to be and identifies the benefits and challenges associated with it. Through analysis of twenty approaches, we examine how it is developed and draw lessons for future initiatives.

Shared measurement approaches have a number of key features. Organisations generally have a consensus on the shared outcomes their sector achieves, agree to measure outcomes that are meaningful to all involved, and use the same tools and methods to do so. Organisations understand how their sector works together to solve a particular problem, through mapping their impact network or theory of change. Finally, organisations using the approach can compare their results to those of their peers.

The report outlines the many benefits of shared measurement: improvements in standards of impact measurement, greater consistency and comparability, greater understanding of what works, saving time and resources, less duplication in reporting to funders, and the ability to track beneficiaries through many services. But there are also challenges, which we explore in the report.

By providing clear guidance on shared measurement, we aim to stimulate the development of more shared measures and tools across the sector, in turn making it cheaper and easier for charities and social enterprises to measure their impact.

Download the Blueprint for shared measurement.

Download the Executive Summary.