Research and Evaluation meeting - 27th February 2014

A full meeting report is available now

This meeting heard from 2 speakers and gave an opportunity to hear about Global Giving UK's story telling programmes.

A full meeting report is now available. 

Funding Impact – the state of funder impact practice
Alex Van Vliet, Consultant, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)
In 2013, NPC launched Funding Impact, new research in partnership with the ACF and LBG. Funders play a crucial role in supporting charities to understand and assess their impact, yet many struggle to capture and communicate the impact they have themselves. Based on in-depth interviews and a survey of trusts and foundations, family foundations and corporate funders, the research provides a clear picture of the state of impact practice across the funder community. In this meeting, NPC gave practical recommendations based on the insights of the research to help shape future impact practice for all funders.
Alex's slides are available here.

Evaluation, Learning and Impact
Douglas Lonie, Research and Evaluation Manager, National Foundation for Youth Music

In 2009 Youth Music established an in-house Research and Evaluation Team to support the organisation to better demonstrate and understand its impact, and to ensure it was being evidence based in its decision making.  Five years on and the improving standards of reporting by grantees indicates strong progress. In this presentation, Douglas Lonie reflected on the key changes that have taken place, including examples of developments in grantee reporting, and some key moments in an organisational journey towards being ‘truly’ evidence based.
Dougie's slides are here

Global Giving UK- Storytelling programme
Marc Maxson, Innovation Consultation, Global Giving UK

GlobalGiving UK concluded the project group meeting with a short explanation of their programme. GlobalGiving UK is looking for a select group of UK charities to join their storytelling-grantwriting training programme.  This will provide tools and training for charities to understand the needs of their community, evaluate programmes, improve projects, receive performance data benchmarked against other charities, and raise more funds. 
Marc's slides are here