Resources and Tools

These pages introduce tools and methods for measuring and improving impact and, where possible, direct you to sources of further information.

NEF Consulting continues to develop and provide training for some of these tools and methods, including:

Learn more about the training provided by NEF Consulting by visiting the training pages on this website. 

For all other training or resources listed in the Toolkit please go direct to the website or organisation mentioned within the Toolkit article.  

Prove and Improve Toolkit

This section guides you through the process, from choosing an approach to ‘proving and improving’ to identifying the tools and methods that can be most useful for your organisation. Please contact the organisation mentioned in each article for more information.

  1. About the toolkit – introduction

The Ten Elements

  1. The Ten Elements
  2. Case Study: The Surf Centre


Please contact the organisations mentioned in the articles below for more information.

  1. Introduction and tools charts
  2. AA1000AS
  3. The Big Picture
  4. DTA Fit for Purpose
  5. Eco-mapping
  6. EFQM Model
  7. EMAS
  8. GRI Standards
  9. Investors in People
  10. ISO 9001
  11. Quality First
  12. Social Accounting
  13. Social Enterprise Balanced Scorecard

Other Tools and Resources


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.

Click here to find out more about your training options.

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.
Download here.

An A3 sized chart with more detail on each of the tools in the Toolkit and in the Tools For You book.
Download here.

Prove It!

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.

Prove It!  draws from a decade of  the New Economic Foundation’s work in participation and evaluation. For more information click here.


Training Programme
Strategic overviews and practical training.

We offer tailored online and on-site training and briefings on Theory of Change, measuring social impact, commissioning for outcomes and social value, SROI, measuring local economic impact, community economic development, and more.

We also facilitate workshops to help you develop a Theory of Change for your programme or strategy. 

Clients include local authorities, universities, public health services, charities, community groups, membership bodies, and responsible businesses.

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