A coalition of organisations including the Cabinet Office has today launched two free online-impact measuring tools for charities.
The launch is the latest phase of Inspiring Impact, a 10-year collaborative programme – funded by the Cabinet Office, the Big Lottery Fund and a group of independent funders, and managed by the think tank New Philanthropy Capital – to encourage charities to measure the impact of their work on their beneficiaries.
NPC has joined with Charities Evaluation Services and the social research collective Substance to design the two innovative tools, called Measuring Up and Impact Hub. The aim is to help charities focus on measuring what they do and think more about their overall impact on the people they support.
Measuring Up will help charities find out how well they are assessing the impact of their work on the people they support; Impact Hub will gather in one place the resources charities need to measure what they do. Both are available to charities from today.
The organisations involved estimate that using the tools could save the charity sector as a whole more than £15m.
Inspiring Impact is running until 2022; future work will include a focus on leadership in the sector and the role of funders.
Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, who spoke at the launch this morning, welcomed the new technology. "Charities and social enterprises are driven by a passion to make a difference to people’s lives," he said. "It’s crucial they have help to understand how well they are doing and how their work benefits the people who rely on them.
"These tools will be a huge boost for many charities that fear impact measurement and see it as confusing. By supporting this programme, the government is helping charities make an even bigger difference."