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impact reporting, social return on investment & evaluation

 

Organisations that have information and evidence about their work will be in a better place to understand what beneficiaries need and to influence funders and commissioners. Some funders including the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme require evaluations for funding applications.

Ideas to Impact can help you with:

   Impact reporting from helping you to do it yourself to undertaking the whole process.

   Undertake a social return on investment analysis.

   Setting up impact measurement including advice about external resources and scales. We can help you to set up systems that you can use into the future and give you expertise within your organisation that will benefit you longer term.

   Evaluation using a range of methodologies including evaluating against specific objectives and outcomes or starting with a blank sheet and building outcomes directly from beneficiaries’ experiences.

   Consultations with beneficiaries, partners and other stakeholders.

   Background research using national and local statistics and published studies to support or develop your services and provide evidence for funders.

tenders & funding applications

Writing good funding applications and tenders is vital to provide resources for services, getting ideas down clearly and succinctly, and understanding what commissioners and funders are looking for.

Ideas to Impact can help you with:

•   Designing services and writing tenders

•   Developing consortium and partnership bids, including designing decision making processes

•   Writing grant applications, focusing on larger amounts, such as Big Lottery Fund

•   Providing good practice ideas based on our experience

•   Undertaking consultations and designing specifications for commissioners and funders

quality accreditation & performance management

Quality accreditation and performance management can help organisations to demonstrate they are doing the right things to the right quality, and provide confidence to decision makers, commissioners and funders about the organisation.  Ideas to Impact has a quality accreditation team who have assessed and developed national quality standards, including Investing in Volunteers.

Ideas to Impact can:

•   Develop and assess external standards, e.g. those of a network or membership organisation

•   Set up performance management systems within an organisation

•   Help organisations to develop systems to meet quality standards.

organisationaldevelopment

Organisational development support can help you with systems and people development. With executive and senior management experience, Ideas to Impact team can help with most aspects of organisational development.

Ideas to Impact can:

•   Undertake organisational healthchecks based on quality standards, external frameworks or our own good practice

•   Undertake management and volunteer management training

•   Support change or project management

•   Undertake staff surveys.

facilitation

Having a facilitator to plan, facilitate and record your events has various advantages. It can leave people in the organisation free of the need to structure the event and keep it on track and better able to participate. The facilitator will have various methods and tools to achieve different tasks, ensure that everyone can participate. A good facilitator will also know how to get the best of people and deal with dynamics within the group, constructively highlighting behaviours that can stop progress being made and helping the group to work better together.

Ideas to Impact can:

•   Facilitate your event using a range of tools and methods, including consultations, workshops, meetings

•   Bring methods to enable everyone’s participation in generating ideas, decision making and prioritisation

•   Run team building sessions

•   Provide facilitation training to help people run more effective meetings

•   Help you to hold difficult conversations effectively

•   Bring ideas and good practice from elsewhere.

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becky@ideastoimpact.co.uk

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becky.nixon11

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