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About Inspiring Impact

Social Value UK are the Inspiring Impact partner for England.  Inspiring Impact has an ambitious vision to make impact practice the norm within the charity sector.  The next phase of the programme is running from 2018-2021.  The programme is being delivered by 6 partners across the UK, Social Value UK, New Philanthropy Capital, Evaluation Support Scotland, NCVO Charities Evaluation Service, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Community Evaluation Northern Ireland.  To learn more about the partners head to  ‘Who we are’  on the Inspiring Impact website. Learn more about Inspiring Impact here.

The current COVID-19 crisis

Immediate Action:

SVUK have changed all planned face to face activities based on the Covid-19 crisis.  This includes the face to face networking activities as a part of Inspiring Impact. 

Activities during the current COVID-19 crisis

The Inspiring Impact team are working in a number of ways to deliver support, resources and network activities during these challenging times for the charity sector.  These activities are:

1. Inspiring Impact England Online Regional Workshop Series:

Social Value UK are working with regional roadshow partners to deliver a series of regionally focused online workshops that will focus on:

  • teaching about impact management
  • connecting and engaging in a particular place / region
  • setting up for a potential local support network
  • make connections to charity networks such as ChEW, or regional groups
  • resource sharing and signposting (Inspiring Impact resources and all partners resources)
  • supporting charities in challenging times


The series will cover 6 regions: South East, South West, Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, North East and North West.


Each region will have 3 interactive impact measurement and management focused online sessions with SVUK and the regional partner.

The sessions will cover 3 topics:

  • Overall topic 1: Using data to make decisions
  • Overall topic 2: How to gather data – Qualitative or Quantitative? / An introduction to methods
  • Overall topic 3: Working practices and organisational culture


Each session will include sharing resources, and discussing actions for how to use these in practice.  Resources will be shared through the open source resources spreadsheet:

Dates for your area:

To register for a workshop, click the link in the table below.

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Support during the current COVID-19 crisis

The Inspiring Impact team are working in a number of ways to deliver support, resources and network activities during these challenging times for the charity sector.  These activities are:

1. Inspiring Impact programme delivery partners are delivering a variety of activities online.  Find out more on the partner pages:

SVUK: Are running 3 series online in this period:




2. The Inspiring Impact programme is collaborating with Charity Evaluation Working Group (ChEW), SVUK, NPC, Coalition for Efficiency, UK Evaluation Society (UKES), and UnLtd to deliver coordinated support for research and evaluation during covid-19.  Inspiring Impact will be coordinating the compilation of a calendar of our activities and events, which can be shared across all our networks.  Inspiring Impact have launched a web-page sign posting people to relevant existing resources and online events:

3. Social Value UK are also working with roadshow local partners to reorganise face to face roadshow and workshop events looking at the options for holding sessions in the future once we are able to meet in person once again.  In the interim partners are collaborating with SVUK in the online sessions.

Resources for Charities:

There are 2 key areas that have been highlighted as important by numerous partners, and members of the Inspiring Impact programme and network.  These are a) Funding in the current climate and b) Impact management in the current climate.  This section gives an overview of resources to help with these 2 areas:

1)      Charity Support: Funding in the current climate

·         Social Value UK have compiled an open source Google Doc that complies resources and links on available funding, funding support and resources, and further reading on this topic:

2)      Impact management in the current climate:

·        Impact Measurement in the Current Crisis – Resources, Tips and  Support:

Inspiring Impact Local Partners

Over the last year Social Value UK have been working with partner organisations across England to deliver collaborative, locally relevant workshops and networking roadshows on social value and impact management.

We are extremely grateful for all of the work and support our partners have given for this series.  Our partners are shown below.

Partners from 2020 and 2019

Here is a list of partners we worked with in 2019 and will continue to work with in 2020:

Partner LocationArea of work
Social Value EngineLincolnshire (but work nationally)Measuring the change
Rose RegenerationLincolnshire (but work nationally)An economic development business working with communities, government and businesses to help them achieve their full potential
Social Enterprise Yorkshire and HumberYorkshireRepresent, promote and connect social enterprise across the region
Social Enterprise East of EnglandEast of EnglandSupports social enterprises across the East to grow, communicate and demonstrate their impact and social value.
Make an Impact CICEast of England (but works nationally)Make An Impact helps Social Enterprise to showcase its impact to the world
Bath SDRBath / Bristol (but work internationally)Putting respondents at the heart of evaluation, curators of the QuIP – Qualitative Impact Protocol
LynchPin Support CumbriaCharity, business, community support across Cumbria
MB AssociatesCumbria (but works nationally)Supporting people and partnerships to make a difference cross the cultural, learning, care and community sectors
Clarity CICSouth West Enable social purpose organisations, including community groups, charities and social enterprises to be effective, sustainable and well-run

Partners from 2019

Here are some additional partners we worked with in 2019:

PartnerLocationArea of work
Social Audit NetworkLiverpoolNetwork for practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors
Greater Manchester Social Value NetworkStockportTo influence stakeholders, policy and strategy at the Greater Manchester level around social value
BloomNewcastleProcurement specialists

If you would like to find out more about becoming a partner, please e-mail Catherine Manning.

Inspiring Impact – Key challenges and plans for 2020

Click here to see Inspiring Impact – Key challenges and plans for 2020

For all queries about the roadshows, please contact Rosie Sparrow.

For more details, head to our further information section below.

Ongoing Support

Part of the goal for Inspiring Impact and the SVUK national network is to offer support in the development and embedding of impact practice into organisations. To assist with this ongoing journey, we will be offering and facilitating a range of follow on support, see the further information section for more indepth details.

Further Information

PDF Containing further details as to Roadshow events and support offered.

Read the full press release from the Big Lottery Fund here.

Rachel Tait from New Philanthropy Capital has written a great blog about the important work done by the Impact Management Programme so far and why it is so important to charities and social enterprises. Read it here.


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