What is Inspiring Impact?

Inspiring Impact is a programme that aims to change the way the UK voluntary sector thinks about impact. We want to make high quality impact measurement the norm for charities and social enterprises by 2022. This means more organisations measuring their social impact, and sharing what they learn with the rest of the sector to ensure every pound spent makes the biggest possible difference.

Who is Inspiring Impact?

Inspiring Impact is run by the sector, for the sector. We are a collaboration of eight UK voluntary sector organisation, from impact measurement experts to sector membership bodies. Find out more about the eight partners and their different roles in the programme here.

Inspiring Impact is coordinated by charity think tank and consultancy NPC.

How can you get involved?

Over the next decade we are working on a number of projects to find solutions to the challenges charities, social enterprises and funders face when measuring their impact. So far we’ve had a great response from across the sector, and we’re keen to keep getting as much input from you as possible.

We draw on the knowledge of our Inspiring Impact network to feed into our projects. Join our mailing list to receive our updates on projects which need your input, hear our latest news, and be the read our publications. You can also attend our events or join our group on Linkedin.

How does measuring impact benefit charities?

Charities say measuring impact benefits them in many ways, from helping them improve their strategy to attracting funding. But most of all, it helps them improve their services. You can find out more about the benefits of impact measurement on our background page.

How is Inspiring Impact funded?

Inspiring Impact receives funding from the Cabinet Office, the Big Lottery Fund, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial fund, the City of London and Deutsche Bank.

Does Inspiring Impact endorse particular methods or tools to measure impact?

There are dozens of methods and tools used to measure social impact. Inspiring Impact aims to help charities and funders to navigate the many options available by developing common standards for the whole sector to work towards.

By doing this, we hope to build a consensus throughout the sector about what good practice looks like that focuses on general approaches, rather than endorsing specific methods or tools.

How were the Inspiring Impact partners selected?

Inspiring Impact began life at a meeting of 30 pioneers in the field of social impact, convened by NPC in September 2011. At this ‘Impact Summit’, participants agreed that new leadership and collaboration was needed to move impact measurement to the heart of everyday practice in the social sector. Following the meeting, eight organisations agreed to form Inspiring Impact to provide collective leadership to achieve this ambitious goal.

The eight partners include membership bodies to ensure the programme is owned by the sector, and impact measurement specialists to reflect best measurement practice. Each partner brings a specialism to their project.

What are the restrictions around using and adapting Inspiring Impact’s published resources?

We want to ensure our guidance can be accessed and adopted by everyone in the sector. That’s why we’ve made Inspiring Impact a Creative Commons programme. We publish our work under a Creative Commons license to ensure people have the right to share, use, and even build upon the work we have created. Creative Commons is not an alternative to copyright, but works alongside it. It protects the people who use our work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions we have specified.

Our reports and guidance are published under the license ‘Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.’ This lets others remix, tweak and build upon our work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit us and license their new creations under the identical terms. All new works based on ours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia.

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