Building on research from the New Economics Foundation, NEF Consulting offers tools and resources to prove and improve the impact of social enterprises, charities and other mission-driven organisations and projects.
These pages provide a valuable introduction to a number of tools and methods for measuring and improving impact, developed by the New Economics Foundation, NEF Consulting and other social enterprises. NEF Consulting continues to develop and provide training for some of these, including:
Once you’ve browsed these pages, you will be ready to learn how to apply NEF Consulting’s tools and approaches to build capacity and create change with our range of training options.
Prove and Improve Toolkit
This section, based on the Toolkit published in 2005, guides you through the process, from choosing and approach to ‘proving and improving’ to identifying the tools and methods that can be most useful for your organisation.
The contents of the toolkit are being reviewed and updated.
Get Started – The Ten Elements
- Tools Charts
- The Big Picture
- Co-operativesUK CESPIs
- DTA Fit for Purpose
- EFQM Model
- GRI Guidelines
- Investors in People
- ISO 9001:2008
- Quality First
- Social Accounting
- Social Enterprise Balanced Scorecard
- Star Social Firm
- Third Sector Performance Dashboard
- Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit
- What to measure
- How to measure
- Develop good indicators
- Gather information
- Compare research methods
- Analyse the information
- Sample indicators bank
- Social indicators: individuals
- Social indicators: communities
- Environmental indicators
- Economic indicators
Archive of resources
Other Tools and Resources
Applying the tools and methods mentioned on this page takes time and many benefit from. At NEF Consulting we’re passionate about training others in our tools and approaches as we believe this is an effective way to make a long-term impact.
Tool Decider and Comparison Charts
The Decider and Comparison Charts are designed to be used together, offering an overview of approaches to measuring impact and quality. The charts feature more than 20 tools compared for quick reference.
An A3 sized wall chart to help identify the best tools suited to your organisation and your performance management needs.
An A3 sized chart with more detail on each of the tools in the Toolkit and in the Tools For You book.
Provides the fundamentals of measuring the outcomes and impacts of your work and help on developing your own indicators.
The Prove It! toolkit helps in evaluating your community project by:
- Involving volunteers and beneficiaries in telling their project’s story.
- Looking beyond the ‘easy-to-count’ to the important changes for the participants and their communities.
- Investigating how change takes place, and how to improve impact.
- Sharing and building on the learning gained from peoples’ experiences of taking part.