New Philanthropy Capital’s joint venture project Inspiring Impact has launched a new website today, using National Lottery funding.
The website is aimed at small and medium charities that do not have a dedicated impact management team to find practices to improve impact.
Joe Ferns, UK funding director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, more community organisations and charities will be able to better plan, measure and improve their impact with Inspiring Impact’s new website and tools.
“By creating a culture in civil society of continuous improvement, with the help of peer learning networks and free online resources, more and more communities across the UK can thrive.”
The website provides free how-to guides and self-assessment tools, and resources from the sector including research, diagnostic tools, outcome frameworks and surveys.
The resources have been designed in partnership with 200 charities and social enterprises and include a five minute questionnaire that gives recommendations about what data to collect.
The data diagnostic tool has been used by over 600 users to review data collection methods and over 110,000 users have accessed Inspiring Impact's range of resources in general.
Judith Rankin, development and delivery manager at charity Sported said: “Inspiring Impact’s network, support and resources have massively helped to develop both Sported’s own impact practice and that of our members.
“Our staff team have benefitted from the opportunity for peer-learning with other Inspiring Impact champions across the UK, and many of our member groups have utilised the 'measuring up' assessment tool which provides an excellent framework to identify priority areas.
“We look forward to exploring the new website and resources to build upon our work developing the evidence base for the sport for development sector.”
The Inspiring Impact programme
The Inspiring Impact programme is funded by Access - The Foundation for Social Investment, City Bridge Trust and The National Lottery Community Fund.
It has supported over 70,000 charities with over £1m in funding to achieve good impact practices.
Inspiring Impact is a joint venture, formed in 2012, by NPC, NCVO, Social Value UK, Evaluation Support Scotland, Community Evaluation Northern Ireland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
In August 2018, Inspiring Impact merged with the Impact Management Programme, formed in 2016 and run by NPC, Social Value UK, Social Enterprise UK, Impetus, Social Investment Business and Hactar.
The Impact Management Programme supported charities and social enterprises to build capacity to manage impact and diversify income.
Its website and events supported 4,500 organisations and it provided £1.8m in grant funding.