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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Plan, measure and report social impact

10:00-13:30, 7 November 2024
Course length
1 Day
Helen Swatton
Lindsay Linton
Funding and finance
Course overview

Why measure social impact? Every organisation can and should measure their social impact, especially in these uncertain times, because evaluation is key to securing both continued and future funding. Indeed, funding often depends on reporting your social impact clearly and concisely to funders who want to know their investment is making a real difference.

Planning is essential to the social impact evaluation of your organisation or project because it can be complex, expensive and time consuming. This course will help you understand the key social impact evaluation principles and plan an evaluation of your own.

Overall course aim

The aim of this course with Lindsay Linton is to introduce you to the principles of social impact evaluation, how to apply them to your project and help you develop and plan an evaluation for your own social impact project.

Course objectives

Through group work and individual exercises this one day course will cover:

  •  benefits of monitoring and evaluating
  •  key stages of measuring impact and value
  • what is impact and what is value?
  • the current measurement of your project for funders
  • what data can you collect to demonstrate impact and value to funders?
  • top tips for putting together a basic impact and value evaluation report for your funders
Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at individuals from the voluntary sector and social enterprises who want to understand the principles of social impact evaluation to help demonstrate their organisation’s impact and value to funders.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Homework required
Pre- course reading of supplied documentation and a short exercise based on the supplied material for session 1. There is also a short exercise given at the end of session 1 that benefits the helpfulness of session 2.
Other Information

 Course structure: an interactive workshop conducted 10am till 4pm with three breaks and small group work.

Previous delegate comments
  • "This course really helped put evaluation in context."
  • "I really enjoyed the course. Felt it was very easy to understand, with lots of helpful tips and information."
  • "Lindsay was a fantastic trainer. Her knowledge around this topic was hugely beneficial and her offers of help where needed was also appreciated."
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£195 (member rate £125)

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