Measure the impact of volunteering on your project.
What do we mean by ‘impact’?
Impacts are the changes people experience as a result of taking part in or receiving something. Volunteers themselves, beneficiaries, staff working alongside volunteers and the wider community might all experience changes as a result of volunteering.
Improvements in confidence and self-esteem, levels of understanding or skills, employability are all examples of changes those groups might experience as a result of volunteering.Measuring how much change has happened tells us what the impact of volunteering has been.
Why measure impact?
Often people measure impact because they’re asked to by a funder, or because it helps them get more funding.But measuring impact can bring huge long lasting benefits to your project beyond simply attracting funding.
Through understanding why and how change happened, you learn about what works and what doesn’t. This information allows you to continually develop and improve what you do.
Where to start?
So What? Volunteering Impact Measurement: Top Tips to Get You Started explains the steps to take, and what things you need to think about before you start. Drawing upon case study evidence it identifies the benefits of impact measurement and how it can help you improve your own organisation's performance. It also includes a list of useful resources.
The Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit provides a framework to help describe what impacts you would expect to see from volunteering, and who experiences them. The toolkit includes ready to use questionnaires and topic guides, and a helping hand with analysing the information you get back.
How we can help
If you are interested in developing your understanding we offer a course; Measuring the Impact of Volunteering. The course aims to answer the three questions we get asked whenever people start thinking about measuring the impact of volunteering; why should I measure the impact of volunteering, how exactly do I do it and what should I do with the information once I am finished?
We also have experience in designing ways to measure impact in a variety of settings, and regularly measure the impact of our own activities and projects. This means we can provide a range of support from being a critical friend, peer reviewing ideas, tools and methods to carrying out an impact study for you.
If you have an enquiry or want to find out more please contact us.