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Inspiring Impact

Inspiring Impact is a UK-wide programme that aims to change the way the UK voluntary sector thinks about impact. The programme is managed and delivered by eight organisations, which include Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS). These include membership bodies to ensure that it is owned by the sector, and impact measurement specialists to reflect best measurement practice.

By putting impact at the heart of the non-profit sector, we aim to ensure every pound spent makes the biggest possible difference to beneficiaries.

Big Lottery Fund announced £600,000 for Inspiring Impact on 19 August 2015

The Inspiring Impact programme, which brings together big names across the sector and is managed by NPC, will receive £600,000 from the Big Lottery Fund over the next three years. The programme is a coalition of the Association of Charitable Foundations, the Building Change Trust, Evaluation Support Scotland, Substance, Charities Evaluation Services, and NCVO.

The funding will be used to expand the reach of the free tools and resources developed in the first phase of this programme since 2012, and to develop ‘impact champions’ who will spread best practice to national organisations across the UK. New ‘impact champions’ include the Money Advice Service and Citizens Advice.

News of funding comes at the same time as Inspiring Impact publish a new report, Building a movement, written with Charities Evaluation Services, which evaluates the influence of Inspiring Impact so far. The report finds that:

  • More than 40,000 visits to the Inspiring Impact website since June 2013
  • 97% respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the site was useful. 63% said they would recommend it to others
  • Over 1,700 have signed up to the Measuring Up! tool, launched in June 2014 to help charities self-evaluate their impact

Read the full news article here.

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