Scottish charities face many of the same challenges as their peers across the UK, but operate in a different context, and do not always have the opportunity to access and learn about good practice from the rest of the UK.
Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) will share learning about impact measurement and reporting from Scotland to enhance the Inspiring Impact programme. ESS will also ensure that Inspiring Impact products are accessible and appropriate for Scottish organisations. Further details of ESS’s projects in 2012/13 will be announced soon.
As in Scotland, charities, funders and social enterprises in Northern Ireland operate in a different context, and can find it more difficult to access the resources and good practice available across the rest of the UK. Building Change Trust works to build capacity and promote the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. The Trust’s vision is of a strong, vibrant, independent and relevant community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland—a key aspect of which is of a sector that ‘develops and delivers effective services and advocates and drives development for positive change based on sound evidence.’
The Building Change Trust is supporting the delivery of a linked programme in Northern Ireland and is working in partnership with Community Evaluation Northern Ireland (CENI) to help develop a plan for Inspiring Impact NI. On 9 April 2013 Inspiring Impact NI held a summit to inform its development plan, with input from voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations along with representatives of government departments, funders and impact practitioners. Following the summit, Building Change Trust and CENI are working on the next steps in the production of a development plan for taking forward the initiative in Northern Ireland.