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Impact measurement for beginners

We know how daunting it can be getting started in impact measurement and evaluation, but our resource hub can help. You can search by subject or resource type to find the knowledge and support you need to take each of your next steps.

Some of the subjects covered in this section include:

  • Getting started in impact measurement and evaluation;
  • Planning your evaluation or research strategy;
  • Knowing where to start in thinking about impact measurement and evaluation;
  • Getting to grips with the core concepts in impact measurement and evaluation

You can also visit our Reading and Learning and Blogs sections to discover what others in the sector have to say, and what they've learned on their own impact journey.

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  • "Impact is the word of the moment’, said the director of a youth charity I was catching up with recently. It seems to be true – impact is discussed almost everywhere I go, whether with enthusiasm, critique or a weary sense of ‘yet another thing we need to think about"
  • Measuring Up! is a free diagnostic tool for charities and social enterprises, to help them think about where they are now in their impact and evaluation practice, and where they need to be. It was developed by the Charities Evaluation Service for Inspiring Impact.
  • This animation by the Social Investment Business is a simple and easy to follow guide to theory of change. It explains what a theory of change is, and explores how it might be developed using the context of a community-based garden project.
  • The Impact Hub was created for Inspiring Impact by Substance. It is a fully searchable database to help you find what's out there to help you improve your impact practice.
  • This report sets out an approach to impact measurement and provides practical support through the key steps involved in developing or improving a measurement framework. It includes case studies, diagrams and key terms, and focuses particularly on helping organisations to build a practical system for impact measurement.