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Measuring the impact of lots of small projects at the same time: one of your trickiest problems solved (12 Sep 17)

Here’s an ingenious but highly simple technique to help you map the outcomes for a number of projects

You’ll agree, I’m sure, that the secret of success in anything is, keep it simple.

That’s why I’m equally sure you’ll be keen to know all about this technique that’s grabing the attention of people who work in the community.  

It’s called an “Outcomes Measurement Framework” and whenever we have discussed it at our SROI workshops, delegates have seized upon it as being useful.

And no wonder! Because it helps with that most important of problems, how to evaluate the impact and SROI of lots of small community projects with many different stakeholders.

Call results what you like - project outcomes, results, impacts or effects – today the buck increasingly stops with you, and you need all the help you can get.

Here’s how you can use a “common outcomes framework”. It sounds like academic jargon, but it’s simple and highly effective. That’s because it categorises common outcomes across different projects and so makes social impact measurement much more practical and manageable.

The five steps are:
• Understand the outcomes that your different activities create. This will require research with your stakeholders
• Be clear which activities have a big enough impact to be worth measuring, and which do not
• Understand where you have common outcomes and can use common measurement systems
• Incorporate outcomes measurement into those day-to-day activities
• Consider using SROI techniques to help you calculate social value

As I said, like all good ideas, it’s very simple. Once you start using it you’ll be hooked, because it makes so much sense. 


Here is a slide that shows the beginning of an example Outcomes Measurement Framework.

You can join us at our workshop An introduction to measuring social impact and social value at Euston,
on the 23 September 2017 at Euston, London.

Best wishes




     PS If there are a number of staff requiring training why not run a course in house? Email me at rod@rodlaird.co.uk    




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