Measuring Social Impact

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.

Here at NEF Consulting we love helping organisations get to grips with impact and this course is focused on finding the right type and level of evaluation for your specific project.  Packed with methods and principles it provides a practical introduction to social impact measurement.

Over two days we cover each step in the journey towards a full Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation.

So, what differentiates this course and our SROI 2-day training option?  In one word – flexibility. We will take more time to cover the fundamentals of impact measurement and qualitative and co-production techniques.  This will enable you to be confident that you can measure what really matters to your own stakeholders. You will also have the chance to embed learning through action planning and coaching others.

Comments from participants on the January course:

“Very approachable facilitator who explained everything clearly”

“Relaxed, clear, nice pace.”

“Very clear and engaging, a supportive and non-judgmental approach.”

Topics covered in Measuring Social Impact

During this two day course we will 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.

What you will learn

By the end of the course you will be able 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.
• Justify sample sizes and assess the value of closely involving stakeholders
• Create a tailored Theory of Change for a project.
• 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.

Who should attend

This course has wide appeal to anyone looking  to understand or apply social impact measurement. Previous participants have included CEOs of social enterprises and charitable organisations, change managers, CSR executives, programme managers and project officers.

Who will be running the course

Elizabeth Cox,  Associate Director, NEF Consulting

Elizabeth Cox is an experienced economist who has led the New Economics Foundation’s UK and international research on localities and local economies over 13 years, and has now taken up a position with NEF Consulting as Associate Director.

Her work ranges from developing learning-based programmes around sustainability, supporting communities to develop community economic development plans, working with project teams to develop theories of change, to developing impact frameworks for social impact investors and social businesses, and research design.

William Davies, Consultant, NEF Consulting

William’s work involves measuring and evaluating social impact and developing innovative ways to better integrate social and environmental aspects into economic modelling. This includes clients and topics as diverse as small-scale fishing fleets, the health sector, national park authorities, environmental NGOs, charities and construction firms.



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Prices for courses

Booking formStandard price                    £495
Registered charity price    £445

All courses are subject to U.K. VAT.  Fee includes refreshments and lunch on both days, as well as training materials.

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