Alison's Blog - Inspiring Impact
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Inspiring Impact is a UK-wide collaborative programme, working with the charity sector to help organisations know what to measure and how to measure. It was created out of the Social Impact summit of 2011 and aimed to bring together leaders to look for shared ideas and models. Today there is an active network of lead agencies focused on how to support and generate impact. It has developed some amazing models of practice to support capacity development for impact including:
• Measuring Up! This is a straightforward, step-by-step self-assessment tool that allows you to review and improve your organisation’s impact practice – that is, the way you plan, evidence, communicate and learn from the difference that your work makes. http://inspiringimpact.org/measuringup/
• 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. http://inspiringimpact.org/listings/
• Impact Champions are part of a UK-wide movement in the voluntary and social enterprise sector, aiming to promote good impact practice across the sector. They are committed to improving their own, as well as their member or partner organisations’ impact practice.
The Champions enable thousands of charities, funders and social enterprises in all sectors and geographical areas of the UK to develop their impact practice.
Key areas of discussion
What are they learning?
• There is a growing interest and passion amongst funders and providers for increasing impact. They are keen to share ideas about how to tackle the challenges faced by society and the charitable sector’s response to those challenges.
• Bringing together leaders and creating partnership models can create powerful platforms for debate and policy advice, leverage leadership across agencies, and create a ripple effect that supports capacity building and learning.
• Sub-sectors can emerge and be supported in their own development. The sports sector, for example, was funded for targeted development. This enabled many small organisations to become engaged on very little funding.
What are their emergent practice observations?
• Evaluation is becoming embedded as a practice across many roles and organisations
• Learning exchanges can emerge in areas of shared interest with sub sector interest groups or on specific issues
• The impact champions model has demonstrated the value of growing and investing in ‘champions’.
Insights and learnings
This is a great model with potential for replication in New Zealand.
For further information, visit www.inspiringimpact.org/