Improving Impact Practice – where to start?

Do you want to consider, develop and improve your impact practice? – most often the answer is ‘ yes!, but how?’ … the hardest step is the first one.

Measuring Up!, originally designed for voluntary sector organisations, has been a popular tool and there is evidence that this has helped improve the way in which applicants articulate their project, their intended impact and demonstrate how learning has informed their work.

The latest version has been designed specifically for trusts, foundations, lotteries, commissioners and investors who fund organisations or projects in the voluntary sector.  It will help you consider your impact practice through looking at, and learning from, the difference your organisation makes.

Completing a self-assessment will give you a detailed picture of where your impact practice is going well, and where it could be improved. You can work through the whole tool in one go, or address different sections in turn.

Going through the Measuring Up! process is in itself a useful exercise, no matter the size of your organisation.  It provides for structured and repeatable consideration of the broad range of factors that determine impact practice – offering the opportunity to engage staff, trustees and volunteers in the process.  It provides a snap shot self-assessment and produces an action plan to help you make improvements incorporating your own notes to help you identify action required.  Revisiting Measuring Up! periodically will allow you to track the progress of your improvement  as it relates to planning, evidencing, understanding, communicating and learning from your impact.

Measuring Up! self-assessment tool is available on-line here.

Further information on Inspiring Impact and the range of tools and resources is available here. 

ACF has been a partner in the Inspiring Impact initiative since its inception and continues to support members who wish to improve their impact practice.

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