Making 2010-20 the ‘decade of high impact’

It’s never been more important for charities and other organisations in the social sector to be able to demonstrate their impact. We know from our customers that everyone is thinking about the issue – but that it’s also difficult to know where to start.

Last week, we attended the launch of the Inspiring Impact programme – an initiative to promote measurement and use of data on outcomes to improve the effectiveness of charities in the UK.

The aim of the programme is to provide ‘collective leadership’ and put impact at the heart of every day practice over the next decade. More than a dozen organisations – including NPC, Acevo, NCVO, ACF, Big Society Capital, the Big Lottery Fund, and the Office for Civil Society – have come together behind the vision.

At the launch, NPC’s Dan Corry and the Office for Civil Society’s Gareth Davies called for the next 10 years to be the ‘decade of high impact’.

Inspiring Impact plans to transform the social sector by working on five key aspects of impact: (1) leadership and culture; (2) shared measurement across subsectors; (3) impact measurement tools and systems; (4) funders, commissioners and investors; and (5) coordinating support and consulting.

NPC is coordinating the overall programme. At NPC’s Well-being Measure we very much welcome the initiative and are keen to play our part. Working together with others, we believe that our approach can contribute to the overall effectiveness of the sector.

For more on Inspiring Impact, you can download the report on NPC’s website here.

You can read NPC’s Tris Lumley comment on the launch on the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network here.

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About John Copps

John is part of NPC's research and consulting team and is the founder of NPC's Well-being Measure, a social business that provides an online tool to measure young people’s well-being. He has eight years experience of research and consulting, and is passionate about how data can be used to improve the performance of organisations. John is a regular contributor to NPC's blog and has also contributed to pieces for BBC Radio, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. John is a governor of a secondary school.
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