How do you know you are making a difference? Proving social impact is not just critical to funders and investors, it is a guiding light for most socially driven professionals.  But too often people are put off by complex tools or dry approaches.

This course is focused on finding the right type and level of evaluation for your project or programmes.  Packed with methods and principles it provides a practical introduction to social impact measurement.

During the course we cover each step in the journey towards a full social, economic and environmental evaluation.

So, what differentiates this course and SROI training?  This course provides a general grounding. We take time to cover the fundamentals of impact measurement and qualitative and co-production techniques. If you then decide to conduct a full SROI analysis we’d suggest SROI training from our partners Social Value UK.

The course will give you the confidence to measure what really matters to your stakeholders. You will also have the chance to embed learning through action planning.

Comments from participants:

“Excellent. Very enjoyable and hugely useful. Fantastic to have 2 days of focussed time on this subject. Thank you.”  Rebecca Asher, Deputy Director, Sense about Science.  Open training, February 2020

“Really knowledgeable and catered to a varied audience.” – Emily Warner, Joint Commissioning Manager, Central Bedfordshire County Council.  Open training, February 2020


During the course we cover:

  • The big picture: what is social impact and why measure it?
  • Identifying impact: understanding outcomes and conducting robust qualitative research.
  • Involving stakeholders.
  • How to measure wellbeing outcomes.
  • Developing your own Theory of Change.
  • Accounting for impact – identifying your share of changes created.
  • Social Return on Investment.
  • Action planning and peer-coaching.
  • Best practice case-studies and communicating impact.


By the end of the course you will be in a better position to:

  • Explain the business case and social imperative for measuring impact.
  • Identify the appropriate depth and frequency of evaluation for your project.
  • Select the most practical, but rigorous sources of data.
  • Understand the process of creating a theory of change and when it is appropriate to use it.
  • Justify sample sizes and assess the value of closely involving stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate the use of attribution, deadweight and drop-off.
  • Discuss the use of social valuation and explain different methodologies.
  • Design an impact map and measurement action plan for your own project.

We currently only deliver this training as online open training. 


This course has wide appeal to anyone looking  to understand or apply social impact measurement. Previous participants on the open training have included CEOs of social enterprises and charitable organisations, change managers, CSR executives, programme managers and project officers. We have delivered tailored and group training on measuring social impact to a wide range of organisations in the public and private sector as well as charities and social enterprises.


This training is currently delivered by:

Tim Goodspeed, Associate

Tim is an experienced trainer and practitioner in social value and one of the founders of Social Value International.  He started his career in economic development and regeneration. 

He is passionate that social value is used to help organisations to understand and maximise the value they create for customers, clients and service users. He leads delivery of NEF’s training on measuring social impact and Theory of Change.

For Open Training dates and details on how to book see our training calendar

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A new social settlement
To ensure people are paid well, have more time off to spend with their families, and have access to the things we all need for a decent life.

A Green New Deal
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The democratic economy
To devolve state power and transform ownership of the economy to give everyone an equal stake in the places where we live and work.

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