Impact in Action Useful Links

Useful Links for Impact

There’s lots of information out there, we’ve sifted through some so that you don’t have to! Click here for a summary of why this page is useful. Since the video was created some of the websites mentioned have closed so alternatives are listed below. 


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.

Short guides on Needs, Impact and Evaluation click here. 

The resources page has a Theory of Change sheet with a jargon-free Theory of Change.

An overview of having an impact approach is here.


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

Large data sets (for those who know how to manipulate data more) (2020) : click here

Interactive data from NPC and others (select Bexley or London): click here

Issues that people are going to Citizen's Advice for: click here.

Data on small charities: click here.

Needs around Covid for beneficiaries (May 2020): click here.

Charities needing help because of Covid (2020 job redundancies): click here

London needs because of Covid (Nov 2020): click here Plus London sports: click here.

South East London Needs, including some Bexley specific information in Chapter 2 (Jan 2020): click here

Needs around benefits (until June 2020): click here

Wellbeing needs around Covid (up to date): click here 

Covid: BAME groups (June 2020): click here

Covid: Needs around trust and inequalities (Spring 2021): click here

Covid: Digital exclusion needs, pockets of poor digital access in Bexley (most up to date 'publically available'): click here.

Health Needs: click here

Lots of Data about London: click here (Nov 2020) and for more click here (April 2021).

Pockets of gentrification in Bexley p39 (June 2021): click here.

Needs around SEND, queries welcomed: click here

A technique for asking the community about needs- the 10 Seed Technique

Youth Club closures (2018) click here with report from August 2021 here.

Youth needs in London (September 2020): click here or here for Generation Z, here for an overview.

Youth Endowment Fund, needs in youth because of Covid (November 2020): click here

British Red Cross Covid Vulnerability: here

Lots of data sources from Datawise: click here.

The needs caused by Covid and how to address them, (The British Academy): click here.

Various statistics on faith groups, primarily Christian: click here plus a report on faith groups, how they have helped during Covid and future needs.

Impact of Covid on BAME groups: click here.

Community Life Survey (covers the period of Covid, published Jul 2021): click here.



Setting your outcomes

The first of the 7 Impact for funding sessions helps you set your outcomes, request a session with Karen. For further information here are some links:

Tips on writing your outcomes from a funder. Click here.

Are you ready to start measuring your outcomes? Here's an outcomes survey on p23. Click here.

Youth work. Ideas for setting outcomes and what measures to do. Click here.

Select outcomes and measures with a pre-set list. Click here. (This has been written for those seeking social investment, so you may want to talk to Karen before using this tool).

Collecting monitoring and evaluation data

The third of the 7 Impact sessions provides an overview of collecting such data. Request a live session or the booklet or video from Karen. 

Really useful table on planning when to gather different types of data, scroll down about two thirds of the way: here.

Choosing online surveys and tools click here for information from Datawise, and don't forget the 10 minute video from me here.

Collecting data using sticky notes. Click here (This could be adapted to online, see this video for more information on online whiteboards)

Collecting data on an evaluation wheel. Click here.

Collecting informaton on anxiety. Click here.

Strengths and difficulties questionnaire for 3-16 year olds. Click here.

A (paid for) measure for self-esteem. Click here.

Geriatric depression scale. Click here.

General Health Questionnaire. Click here.

Self Esteem Questionnaire. Click here.

Readings Outcomes kit. Click here.

Outcomes Star (with stars for various themes). Click here.

Measures for Loneliness. Click here.

Warwck-Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale. Click here.

Measuring Mental Toughness. Click here.

Dealing with your data 

Making sense of the data you are collecting (2022) Click here.

Use Slack to meet with other charities using data (2022) Click here.


Creating a Theory of Change

Creating a Theory of Change is covered in the 7 Impact sessions, which are available On Demand as videos or booklets from Karen. 

Datawise's guide is here.

NPC's Guide is here

NPC's Guide for a Theory of Change for campaigning organisations is here.

Check out the Theory of Change in the Resources section of the website. 

More on Theories 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.

Assets of church buildings are mentioned here. (Click on the wording, not the video, for the report).

Theories of Change for campaining. Click here.

Social Value

If you missed the December 2020 session on Social Value then contact Karen for a brief introduction.

Introduction to Social Value (2020). Click here.

Lots more at the bottom of this page.


Social Return on Investment (SROI)

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.

Moore Kingston Smith has an introduction to the principals of SROI. Click here. 

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. 

SROI tool from Social Value UK click here.

Unit Cost (2019) click here.

Social Impact Investment

A useful overview of social impact investment (you gaining or making investments). Click here.

Some places to look for investment. Click here



Impact or Social Value Reporting

Impact Report Click here

Creating a social value report. Click here.


Planning how to do your evaluation

The steps to go through to do your monitoring and evaluation. Click here. 

In depth government guidance on evaluation (2020). 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.  Choosing a database, here.

Real Time Evaluation from Better Evaluation. Click here.

Groups may use Excel or specific programmes. The following list are not recommendations, but just provide more information: 




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

Monitoring and Reporting

What funders often ask for. Click here


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. 

Learning from monitoring and evaluation. 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

Sharing your impact is the subject of one of the 7 Impact Sessions, which are available from Karen.

Check out the One Page Wonder on this subject and for other guides click here or here.

An example of sharing your impact as an Impact Card (2022) click here.

Data visualisation for those who want something more in depth (2022) click here. (For those who want something more basic talk to Karen about basic graphs/pie charts etc on Excel).




What does the future hold? Click here.

What the Levelling up agenda looks like. Click here.

Change Management: Encouraging an Impact Approach

In the 7 Impact for Funding sessions we cover how to impliment an Impact Approach. You can request this training session or get the video or book from Karen.

This tool helps you assess how your team are doing at evaluation. Click here.

Impact Management: changing as a result of evaluating your impact

From 2017, but still useful. A guide on using what you are learning to change and improve. Click here.

Overall Support

www.betterevaluation.org This is an international website that originates from Australia. Useful if you want to go more in depth.

www.sopact.com/en/social-impact-courses This has lots of resources and webinars on specific subjects

This website also has an overview of resources.