Scotland and Northern Ireland


Scottish charities face many of the same challenges as their peers across the UK, but operate in a different context, and do not always have the opportunity to access and learn aboutgood practice from the rest of the UK. Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) represents Inspiring Impact in Scotland, sharing learning about impact measurement and reporting from Scotland to enhance the programme. ESS also ensures that Inspiring Impact products are accessible and appropriate for Scottish organisations, and applies the lessons from Inspiring Impact’s work to a specific Scottish context – for example, through How funders in Scotland measure their impact and the Scottish good practice case studies.

Northern Ireland

As in Scotland, charities, funders and social enterprises in Northern Ireland operate in a different context, and can find it more difficult to access the resources and good practice available across the rest of the UK. Building Change Trust works to build capacity and promote the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. The trust’s vision is of a strong, vibrant, independent and relevant community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland—a key aspect of which is of a sector that ‘develops and delivers effective services and  advocates and drives  development for positive change based on sound  evidence.’ The Building Change Trust, as the Northern Ireland partner on the UK board, has committed £500,000 matched by a further £188,000 from the Department for Social Development, to deliver an initial two year programme of work, which will support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and their funders to better understand and embrace impact practice. Community Evaluation NI (CENI) has been commissioned as the Trust’s strategic partner to support the development and delivery of the Programme, led by Inspiring Impact NI Programme Leader, Aongus O’Keeffe. The Inspiring Impact NI Programme was launched on 19 March 2014 to an audience of over 60 delegates from the VCSE sectors, as well as government, funders, academics and impact practitioners. The three main delivery pillars of the Inspiring Impact NI Programme were presented:

  1. Support to the VCSE sector to use a range of products developed by Inspiring Impact UK to address the sector’s impact needs, including the Code of Good Impact Practice, Measuring Up!, and the Impact Hub. A pilot of The Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework is also underway with 14 organisations. Inspiring Impact NI intends to identify a range of ‘impact leaders’ who will act as champions and enablers of impact practice for the sector. It will then commission and support a range of demonstration projects where VCSE organisations will embrace impact practice in their work.
  2. Engagement with funders to support them to have a clearer understanding of what impact practice is, how it can work for them and how they can support their funded projects to implement better impact practice. Inspiring Impact NI will work with a range of independent and statutory funders with a view to commissioning a number of demonstration projects.
  3. Establishing an Inspiring Impact Exchange to ensure that the implementation of the programme will be understood and supported by key stakeholders across all sectors. Inspiring Impact NI will host and facilitate a range of seminars, workshops and study visits with a view to learning and sharing best practice at home and abroad.

Preliminary insights and lessons from the VCSE support programme

May 2015


This Shared Learning paper provides documents a programme of support for the Voluntary and Community Sector using Inspiring Impact resources.

The VSCE support programme recruited 13 organisations to be impact champions and, using their sector networks, these organisations engaged 180 groups to work with the main Inspiring Impact resources. This paper sets out some preliminary lessons which have emerged in relation to supporting the sector to apply and use the Inspiring Impact resources to develop impact practice.

Download Preliminary insights and lessons from the VCSE support programme

Insights and lessons from five statutory sector demonstration projects

May 2015


This Shared Learning paper outlines the findings from a pilot to test Inspiring Impact’s key resources in a practical setting with a range of statutory funders of the sector. During the pilot, five public funders supported demonstration projects in applying an impact approach. This paper outlines the pilot, and outlines the challenges, opportunities, and next steps for impact approaches for public sector funders.

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The Journey to Employment (JET) Framework for Northern Ireland

January 2015


This framework helps organisations working with young people in Northern Ireland to understand and measure the impact they have on the journey to employment. It is an adapted version of New Philanthropy Capital’s Journey to Employment (JET) Framework for Great Britain.

NPC worked in partnership with Northern Ireland’s NEETs forum, the Building Change Trust and Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland to add additional outcomes specific to a Northern Irish context, including perceptions of personal safety, inter-community engagement, support from family and friends, and resisting negative peer influence.

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JET NI front pageA process report for JET Northern Ireland

January 2015


This paper explains how NPC worked with the Northern Ireland NEETs Forum, DEL, and partners in Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland to customise the JET Framework for a Northern Irish context. We provide information on our approach; additional outcomes; the pilot organisations; feedback; and next steps.

Six organisations received support from Community Evaluation Northern Ireland (CENI) to pilot the adapted framework, with a further eight organisations participating in the pilot on an unsupported basis, owing to high demand. The pilot took place from June to September 2014, after which the framework was adapted to reflect the feedback of the participating organisations.

Download A process report for JET Northern Ireland