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The Code of Good Impact Practice

code of good impact practice cover jpgThe Code of Good Impact Practice provides broad, agreed guidelines for focusing on impact. It sets out a cycle of impact practice and a series of high level principles to follow. Each principle includes a brief description of how your impact practice would look if you were applying the principle, an explanation of why it is important and some ideas about how to implement it.  Read more and download publication>

Funders’ Principles and Drivers of Good Impact Practice
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Funders have a critical role to play in shaping behaviour around impact practice. Their approach and support strongly influences practice among their grantees and investees. This framework is designed to encourage good impact practice and to offer practical and useful guidance for funders, and to help funders promote good impact practice amongst the organisations and people they support. Read more and download publication>

 Case Study – Sported Gets ‘Fit for Impact’

February 2017

Inspiring Impact NI has been providing support over a two year period to a range of VCSE organisations to ‘embed impact practice’ – a range of actions you undertake to help your organisation remain focused on learning, improving and being more impactful. Sported are one of those organisations and we asked them to tell us what embedding impact practice means for them.

Response to NI Programme for Government Consultation

December 2016

Our joint response with Community Evaluation NI to the NI Programme for Government consultation.

 

Embracing Change: Public Sector Readiness for Outcomes-Based Fundingembracing change front cover

June 2016

A scoping study and discussion paper exploring some of the practical challenges facing public sector funders when introducing outcomes-based funding.

 

Learning Paper: First Steps to Impact December 2015First Steps to Impact

Inspiring Impact NI’s ‘Planning for Impact’ programme represented a unique opportunity to explore how groups and organisations from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector could be supported through the planning phase of the Plan-Do-Assess-Review impact cycle.

This learning paper provides some useful insights into the experience and highlights achievements, challenges and learning from the programme.

 

Phase 2 Operational Plan November 2015

 

Inspiring Impact NI Programme Interim Evaluation Report 18 June 2015

Following a tendering process, in July 2014 Helen McLaughlin and Pamela Montgomery were contracted to conduct an external evaluation of Inspiring Impact NI to supplement an internal evaluation process conducted by CENI. This report represents an interim evaluation of the programme. A final evaluation report will be produced by December 2015.


vsce learning paper jpg with borderVCSE Shared Learning Paper – Preliminary insights and lessons from the VCSE support programme

June 2015

One of the principal strands of Inspiring Impact NI’s work has been the development of a VCSE support programme with 13 organisations receiving up to £15,000 from the Building Change Trust to test an impact practice approach with their client/member groups .This shared learning paper provides an interim review of achievements to date and 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.


funders learning paper jpg with borderFunders’ Shared Learning Paper – Insights and lessons from five statutory sector demonstration projects

June 2015

Inspiring Impact UK developed strategic resources to support the VCSE sectors and their funders. The Northern Ireland programme then developed a pilot to test these resources in a practical setting with a range of statutory funders to the VCSE sector. This shared learning paper highlights key achievements and recommendations from the five statutory sector demonstration projects.

 

Case Study – Applying an Impact Practice approach with DSD’s RISP Faith Based Engagement Strand

 

Case Study – Applying an Impact Practice Approach with DSD’s RISP Advice Theme

 

Case Study – Applying an Impact Practice Approach with the Public Health Agency’s Healthy Living Centres Programme

 

Scoping Study – Issues, opportunities and barriers to implementing impact practice within Northern Ireland’s statutory sector

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As part of the engagement with the public sector, Inspiring Impact NI’s strategic partner, CENI, commissioned PwC and a team of associates including Edgar Jardine, Dr James Magowan and New Philanthropy Capital to undertake a scoping study to explore issues and barriers to implementing impact practice with the NI statutory sector. A report outlining the key findings from this study can be downloaded from the link above.

 

 

JET Framework for Northern Ireland

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Tackling youth unemployment is a priority. Over 36,000 young people are not in employment, full time education or training (NEET)—almost 1 in 5 of 16 – 24 year olds in Northern Ireland. This framework is based on the Journey to EmploymenT (JET) Framework produced with charities from Great Britain in 2013. It was adapted for the Northern Irish context with input from charities, funders, local councils and central government.

 

JET NI Pilot Process Report

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NPC worked with the Northern Ireland NEETs Forum, DEL, and partners in the Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland programme to customise the JET Framework for the Northern Irish context. This paper explains how we developed the JET Framework for Northern Ireland.

 

 

JET Pack Leaflet

January 2015

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An eight step guide to measuring and improving your impact based on the Journey to
EmploymenT framework

 

Measuring Up! and the Inspiring Impact Hub Flyer

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Measuring Up! is a step-by-step assessment tool which takes organisations through each stage of monitoring and evaluating for impact. The tool has been developed by Inspiring Impact UK partner Charities Evaluation Services, and will help organisations understand what they are doing well and where they need support.

The Inspiring Impact Hub is a one-stop shop for impact resources and tools. It pulls together the widest possible range of resources relevant to improving impact practice, and enables users to search and filter results according to their needs. The Resource Finder has been produced by Substance who lead on Inspiring Impact’s ‘data strand’.

More information on the tools can be found Flyer – Measuring Up and Hub June 2014

 

The Journey to Employment

May 2013

Tackling youth unemployment is a priority. Nearly 1.4 million young people are not in employment, full-time education or training—almost 1 in 5 of all young people in the UK. This report helps organisations that work with young people understand and measure the impact they have on the journey to employment. Read more and download the report >

A Good Practice Case Study Report

May 2013

Learning from examples is a key part of embedding an impact approach into your organisation’s work. Evaluation Support Scotland has produced a short report profiling three organisations in Scotland with a pioneering approach to impact measurement to help others identify what good impact measurement looks like.Read more and download the report >

Are You Leading For Impact?

April 2013

As part of our work on impact leadership, ACEVO have produced this document based on five questions for voluntary sector leaders. Including a number of case studies of organisations that have successfully implemented an impact approach, and outlining the benefits this can bring, the paper is designed to help charity sector leaders to make the case for investing in impact. Read more and download the report >

Blueprint for shared measurement

March 2013

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. The Blueprint for shared measurement explores what makes a successful shared measurement approach, and outlines the benefits and challenges associated with shared measurement.Read more and download the report >

List of measurement tools and systems

October 2012

As part of our work on data, tools and systems, Substance gathered information about more than 130 measurement tools and systems. Download an excel spreadsheet containing their details here >

Inspiring impact: Working together for a bigger impact in the UK social sector

December 2011

Inspiring Impact sets out the current state of impact measurement in the social sector, and outlines how the participants in September 2011′s Impact Summit plan to inspire change and increase the focus on impact to help more charities and funders to make the most positive difference. Download the report >