Reflecting on the Charity Meetup – Impact Matters event

7th June 2018
Photos by: Marcus Jamieson-Pond
Photos by: Marcus Jamieson-Pond

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the 13th Charity Meetup, kindly hosted by What !if Innovation and sponsored by Makerble.

This meetup marked our three year anniversary and our theme was Impact Matters.  We had networking games and the usual friendly welcoming atmosphere as well as a great talks, the first was on the Theory of Change from Natasha Roe (Red Pencil) and Teresa Forgoine (TMF Consulting / Parkinsons UK) who covered understanding the Theory of change, how it will help and then practical applications in a charity (see the slides below).  We also had an impassioned talk on Impact Maturity by Matt Kepple from Makerble, our kind sponsor.

The Tweets:

The Talks:

Theory of Change

by Natasha Roe – Red Pencil and Teresa Forgione – TMF Consulting / Parkinsons UK (download)

Impact Maturity

By Matt Kepple from Makerble (download)

View the Wakelet summary of all of the tweets from the night.

Further reading and Resources:

Related Blogs:
  1. Theory of change:
  2. Using Digital to to bring your impact to life:
  3. Using theory of change to develop strategies:
  4. Articulating theory of change for impact:
  5. Get inspired 5 best annual reports:
  6. Fine tune your figures:
  7. How to manage evaluation properly:

Impact Resources for Charities:

Inspiring Impact is a programme that aims to change the way the UK voluntary sector thinks about impact. Inspiring Impact offers free resources, tools and support to charities, social enterprises and funders to help them improve impact practice.

The Inspiring Impact Resource Hub is a one-stop shop for impact resources and tools relevant to improving impact practice, such as guidance, research, outcomes frameworks and surveys. The Resource Hub has been developed with input from resource providers, funders, impact specialists and front-line charity staff.

Measuring Up! is an online self-assessment tool that helps you to reflect on four key stages of impact practice: How you plan, deliver, assess and review your services. Each of the four sections contains around 10 indicators of good impact practice. Give yourself a score against the indicators of good impact practice and identify where your strengths and areas for improvement are.

The Impact Management Programme has recently launched a new website The site is co-designed with over 100 charities and social enterprises to ensure it is user-friendly and reflects your needs. It is full of tools and guidance to help you collect, analyse and use your data.

The data diagnostic is a simple online questionnaire, that uses your responses to give you tailored recommendations for how to improve your organisation’s impact management. It can help you decide what data to collect, or act as a health check for your existing data collection methods.

Want to discuss Impact further?

Join the Facebook Group – Let’s carry on the discussions online, more questions? Our speakers are members.

We also have a Linkedin Group.

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