Sub-Sector Partners

What are Sub-sector Partnerships?

Sub-sector Partnerships are forums to share tools and resources relevant to individual sub-sectors (ie, disability, mental health, older people, children and young people, etc). They are opportunities to explore how voluntary organisations in different sub-sectors can develop the tools and resources needed to support impact practice in their context—adapting them and making them the standard go-to resources for organisations of all sizes, in their specific field.

What is involved?

Sub-sector partnerships undertake research into impact practice in their sub-sector, mapping strengths, gaps and challenges. The projects then tailor Inspiring Impact resources to meet the specific needs of the sub-sector, as well as develop new materials, and support forums for smaller organisations working on their impact measurement.

What is expected of a Sub-sector Partnership?

Each project will receive in-kind consulting support from one of the Inspiring Impact partners. The sub sector partner must raise match funding or contribute in-kind resources themselves, as well as commit to sustaining the project in the longer term.

Current and previous sub-sector partners include:

  • Sported, that supported sports charities across the UK to get started on their impact journey, by going through Measuring Up! and developing their theories of change.
  • Visionary, working with sight-loss charities in England to develop a shared theory of change and measurement frameworks, as well as tool to better understand their impact.
  • Mind, supporting small mental health charities in England and Wales through guidance on their impact practice, and shared measurement frameworks for interventions using creative therapies, peer support or school-based work.
  • WCVA, working with infrastructure bodies in Wales to improve their impact practice by going through Measuring Up.
  • The Arts Consortium (made up of Thrive, Arts & Business NI, Voluntary Arts Ireland, Dance Resource Base and Theatre NI), working to co-design a shared outcomes, indicators and performance measures framework for the The Community Festivals Fund, and build the impact practice of arts organisations.

If you have questions about Sub-sector Partnerships, please get in touch with Rachel Tait at NPC by email on or on 020 7620 4897.

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