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. This section of the website 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 toolkit provides a valuable introduction to a number of tools and methods for measuring and improving impact, which have been developed by the New Economics Foundation, NEF Consulting and other social enterprises. NEF Consulting continues to develop and provide training for some of these methods, including:
Once you’ve browsed the contents of the toolkit, you’ll 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.
Originally published in 2005, the contents of the toolkit are gradually being reviewed and updated. Some of the tools and resources included in the toolkit are no longer maintained or supported, but have been included below for reference purposes.
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
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.