Previous meeting topics

A foundation’s evaluation of its own grantmaking: Andrew Cooper of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund on the Fund’s evaluation of the impact of its grantmaking and influencing work. The evaluation framework, processes used and learning points are explored in Andrew’s presentation here

Comic Relief’s three-year “alcohol hidden harm” programme: Peter Argall from Comic Relief, with evaluator Jenny McWhirter, shared the experience of evaluating this programme, using interviews, questionnaires and eco-grams to measure the resilience and social capital of families. Initial findings, challenges and learning are explored here.

A local funder’s review of processes: Jim Wintour, United St Saviour’s Charity has been comprehensively reviewing policy and practice to respond to the harsher financial times including increasing the amount of money available for grantmaking, experimenting with loans, and simplifying the application process to save time and energy. Click here for Jim’s slides

The social investment market: Tim Wilson of The City Bridge Trust (CBT) reported on research commissioned (with other funders) from ClearlySo on the potential for building the social investment market. Click here for Tim’s presentation; full research Investor Perspectives on Social Enterprise Financing.

Pathways to employment: Cathy Togher, Capital Community Foundation, shared evidence and evaluation of work on funding pre-employment development such as confidence building, ESOL training and interview techniques, funded through their Lambeth Community Fund worklessness programme. Presentation here.

Pilot of Upshot: Duncan Jones, Football Foundation provided an update on the piloting of their programme, a system the Foundation has built to help people running funded projects track and report on activity and outputs. See Duncan's presentation here.

Shared measurement: David Pritchard, New Philanthropy Capital, gave an overview of NPC’s recent work assessing the feasibility of creating common outcome measures and reports. Benefits highlighted include creating a focus on impact but standardisation remains contentious and could risk scope for innovation. See David's slides here.

Social return on investment (SROI): Lizzie Trotter, Football Foundation, talked about exploring SROI to evaluate their project ExtraTime. Presentation here.

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