2012 topics


2012 topics

December 2012

Sharing evaluation results with the Board: a look at the approaches used by different funders
·  What do the board get to see?
·  How much time can they spend on learning and evaluation?
·  How do you synchronise learning from the last grants with feedback into new decisions?
Four contrasting grantmakers shared (in confidence) papers presented to their boards analysing the outcomes and impact of their funding, with a view to sharing experience of how they involved their boards in discussion and learning from the grants programmes. The funders included two national funders, one London-wide and one group building new philanthropy for a specific area of London.

One reassuring factor that emerged in discussion was that no-one felt they had got right first time the way to stimulate board discussion of evaluation outcomes and embedding learning at board level, and that there had been lots of experimentation in what was the right approach for their circumstances.

See a fuller report here including some shared tips on effective reporting to the board.

September 2012

Eibhlín Ní Ógáin, Analyst, New Philanthropy Capital
Eibhlín gave the background to the work of NPC on Inspiring Impact which was born out of the increasing pressure on charities to demonstrate their impact and the lack of a standardised measurement across funders. An Impact Summit in September 2011 has led to a great deal of collaboration in different part so this project, including eight organisations coming together to look at the funders’ perspective – Funders for Impact (FFI), convened by the Association of Charitable Foundations. Funders are seen by NPC as integral in driving forward work on shared measurement. The focus is to establish what good practice looks like, how impact measurement can be improved, what tools are being used and to understand what others are doing.
Presentation slides here.

May 2012
Andrew Cooper, Research Manager, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
Andrew presented the background to the fund-wide evaluation of The Diana, Princess Memorial Fund, a vital part of the capture and transmission of the Fund’s experience as it moved to closure.

Katie Higginson, Grants & Policy Officer and Craig Tomlinson, Policy & Learning Manager, BBC Children in Need
The new reporting system introduced as a response to the Appeal’s need to understand more about the outcomes of its funding both for assessment of individual grants and to understand the impact of the Appeal’s funding, and publicise this, at regional and national level. This requires data to be captured consistently and in a way that allows it to be mapped against the funders’ broad objectives for improving children’s lives.
Presentation slides here.

February 2012

Ann Wynne, Commissioning Manager and Muhammad Abdul Aleem, Senior Commissioning Officer, Communities and Third Sector Team, London Borough of Camden
An overview on an 18 month process, sparked by the ending of a funding stream and wider policy reform, through which LB Camden has undergone a cultural shift in the implementation of a new programme and support package to protect investment in the VCS and to collate evidence of the value of funding the voluntary sector. Their measurement of outcomes focuses not only on direct investment but also relationships with the voluntary sector.
Presentation slides here.

Stephen Miller, Research Co-ordinator, UnLtd
Stephen presented UnLtd’s use of a quasi-experimental approach to evaluate its work in giving awards to exceptional social entrepreneurs to help them scale up their activity. The programme was funded by Big Lottery Fund as part of the People, Power, Change project and awarded 25 social entrepreneurs £25,000, each with ten receiving an additional £50,000 and two £100,000, in both instances these larger amounts requiring match funding to be raised by the award recipients.
Presentation slides here.