Charity Impact Measurement

Expert advice, case studies and good practice in how charities can measure and communicate their impact.

It's all change on the research front

It's all change on the research front

The Third Sector Research Centre, set up six years ago, has lost nearly all its funding and £7m has been awarded to a programme to study civil society. Andy Hillier reports

Poor impact measurement means charities can't tell if campaigning methods are effective, NPC report says

Poor impact measurement means charities can't tell if campaigning methods are effective, NPC report says

Charities should improve and better measure the effect of their campaigning work in order to defend themselves from detractors, according to the think tank

NPC publishes practical guide for charities on measuring impact

NPC publishes practical guide for charities on measuring impact

In its paper, the think tank (Dan Corry, chief executive, pictured) says the activity need not be overly complicated if charities consider four priorities

Caron Bradshaw: Charitable endeavour is more than just a numbers game

Caron Bradshaw: Charitable endeavour is more than just a numbers game

In a perfect world, every charity would achieve maximum impact and there would be no inefficiency; but our world is populated by wonderfully imperfect people, writes our columnist

Two free online impact-measurement tools for charities launched

Two free online impact-measurement tools for charities launched

Funded by the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund among others, the tools will be a huge boost, says Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society

Analysis: Impact measurement - How do you test your strength?

Analysis: Impact measurement - How do you test your strength?

Measuring effectiveness is a growing priority for charities, but questions abound. David Ainsworth looks at the methodologies and Andy Hillier talks to charities that have put them into practice

Debunking the myths about impact measurement

Debunking the myths about impact measurement

It is possible to measure soft outcomes and it's not as expensive as you might think, says Sonia Sodha, head of policy and strategy at the Social Research Unit at Dartington

Cath Lee: We need to keep impact measurement simple

Cath Lee: We need to keep impact measurement simple

Knowing which of the methodologies to use is the first hurdle, says the chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition in an online commentary

Analysis: Martin Brookes - the ideas man who put the emphasis on impact

Analysis: Martin Brookes - the ideas man who put the emphasis on impact

After a decade of stirring up the sector, Martin Brookes is leaving New Philanthropy Capital and returning to the City. Sylvia Rowley assesses his legacy and looks at where the think tank goes from here

Peter Stanford: Measure your impact with a splash of common sense

Peter Stanford: Measure your impact with a splash of common sense

Detailed evidence can be expensive and unnecessary, says our columnist

Cathy Pharoah: The problems the sector deals with have the hardest outcomes to measure

Cathy Pharoah: The problems the sector deals with have the hardest outcomes to measure

Martin Brookes was right to talk about assessing impact, but failed to address the most difficult cases, says our columnist

Charities measure their effectiveness

Charities measure their effectiveness

New Philanthropy Capital this year berated charities for their poor record on measuring performance. Paul Jump talks to three organisations that are trying to improve

Upgrade for evaluation system

Upgrade for evaluation system

Small charities and voluntary organisations will be able to put their green credentials to the test with an updated version of the sector's most widely used performance measurement system.

Funding story: Measuring 'soft outcomes'

Funding story: Measuring 'soft outcomes'

Measuring 'soft outcomes' is difficult but worthwhile - your efforts will pay off when you report back to funders

Richard Marsh: define your purpose in 2010

Richard Marsh: define your purpose in 2010

The consultant and former director of the Impact Coalition says charities should clarify the business they are in and tell the public more about it

A question of trust

A question of trust

Charities must get better at measuring their impact, says Simon Hebditch

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