Useful Links for Impact
There’s lots of information out there, we’ve sifted through some so that you don’t have to! Karen offers training or 1-2-1 support in these areas, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like further input or spot a link that has changed.
Karen’s top websites
Here are some website that Karen has found particularly helpful for overall Impact support.
- Inspiring Impact
https://www.inspiringimpact.org/ This website can take you through the steps or be a place to dip in and out of to answer a particular query.
- Better Evaluation
www.betterevaluation.org This is an international website that originates from Australia. I really like the overview of how to do evaluation which is broken down into a lot of detail should you wish to implement the ideas. It is
Getting started definitions
Useful summary of inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes in a picture. Click here.
1 page of definitions for outputs, outcomes, impact, monitoring and evaluation. Easy, so worth the read! Click here.
The resources page has a Theory of Change sheet with a jargon-free Theory of Change.
More academic definitions
Definitions for approaches to evaluation. May be of more interest to larger organisations. Click here.
Mapping Needs – ie working out what the problems are
Needs around Covid for beneficiaries: click here.
Charities needing help because of Covid: click here
London needs because of Covid: click here
Needs around benefits: click here
Loneliness needs, including needs around Covid: click here
Covid: BAME groups: click here
Covid: Needs around inequalities (p12): click here
Covid: Digital exclusion needs from the Mayor of London website: click here.
Health Needs: click here
Lots of Data about London: click here
Needs around SEND, Rachel welcomes queries: click here
A technique for asking the community about needs- the 10 Seed Technique
Youth Club closures: click here
Youth Endowment Fund, needs in youth because of Covid: click here
British Red Cross Covid Vulnerability: here
Select Bexley information and look at poverty, domestic abuse etc and Covid issues: click here
Thrive LDN Mental Health needs: click here (Mapping Mental Health in London, p12, is of interest).
Lots of data sources from Datawise: click here.
Setting your outcomes
Youth work. Ideas for setting outcomes and what measures to do. Click here.
A more in depth guide to creating a Theory of Change
Guide is here.
Check out the Theory of Change in the Resources section of the website.
Linking an Asset based approach to a Theory of Change
A Theory of Change can often be a response to the needs of a group, but another starting point is to involve beneficiaries in understanding what positive assets they have and how to build on these. Click here.
Another approach to Impact Assessment- Social Return on Investment
You can work out a financial benefit to what your service provides. Pages 14 and 15 gives figures for the financial benefit of, for example, volunteering. Click here.
This is a very in depth look at the theory, values and software for calculating social value. This may be more suitable for larger organisations who have the funding to buy software. However, still worth a look for smaller organisations and there is the option to ‘rent’ training videos.Click here.
The NVCO has training on Social Return on Investment, some of which may be in their members only area. Check out the study zone. Click here.
Planning how to do your evaluation
The steps to go through to do your monitoring and evaluation. Click here.
How to Practically log your Monitoring and Evaluation
Support deciding what tools to use to keep track of your monitoring and evaluation. Click here.
More support to decide what to data to collect, how to collect it, what standardised methods of data collection there are. Aimed at international development NGOs, so has an international stance. https://www.bond.org.uk/resources/impact-builder
How does your Strategy fit in with your Theory of Change?
This is especially useful for leaders, but it may be helpful for others to skim through this to understand how the Theory of Change fits in with the bigger picture. Click here.
Scaling up (growing your project).Click here.
How do your finances fit in with your Impact?
Written by an accountancy firm, this training session provides a different slant on how impact fits with your finances. Click here.
Sharing your Impact
Make the most of collecting and evaluating the impact of your work by sharing it! Here is a nice brief guide. Click here.