Charity Impact Measurement

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

Making an impact

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

Sonia Sodha

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

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

Martin Brookes is leaving NPC

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

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

Detailed evidence can be expensive and unnecessary, says our columnist

Cathy Pharoah

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

The Motor Neurone Disease Association funds research into the disease by King's College.

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

New system: will include section on green issues

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.

Magpie Dance, a community dance company for people with and without disabilities

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

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

Simon Hebditch

A question of trust

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


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90 per cent funded training for third sector: Collaborative Leadership Programme

  • Date: Thu 13 Mar 2014 - Fri 16 May 2014
  • Venue: Leeds

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: what should you really be measuring?

  • Date: Wed 23 Apr 2014 - Wed 23 Apr 2014
  • Venue: Westminster

People power

  • Date: Wed 30 Apr 2014 - Wed 30 Apr 2014
  • Venue: London

Third Sector Insight