Live discussion: Proving our impact – 21 October, 10.30-11.30



Please join us 10.30-11.30 on 21 October for a live discussion on impact. You’ll have the opportunity to pose questions for the panellists, debate and put forward your own experiences and suggestions.

All thoughts will feed into the VCSE Review which is helping to shape the future funding and partnership decisions made by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

21 October 2015


Defining, measuring and capturing long-term outcomes and social value are crucial to making the most of the VCSE sector’s contribution.

Contributing to social impact is the ‘bread and butter’ of the sector; it is its own unique currency which should be being promoted as widely as possible. However, measurement of social value and improving long-term outcomes needs development.

Discussion points

The discussion will focus on three key areas:

  • What more can be done to increase the availability of outcomes/social value/impact data?
  • What kinds of outcomes and impact does the VCSE sector need support to measure and demonstrate?
  • How could learning from funded grants and projects be better shared and disseminated?


Sally Cupitt, NCVO

Sally Cupitt is Head of NCVO Charities Evaluation Services. She been a consultant at CES for over 15 years. She specialises in independent evaluations of voluntary sector organisations, research and helping organisations to develop and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks and systems. Prior to working at CES Sally was involved with frontline community work, particularly in mental health and homelessness, and ran an advocacy project.

Alex Van Vliet, Lloyds Bank Foundation

Alex joined the Foundation in April 2015 in the new post of Research and Data Analyst. He works on how the Foundation uses evidence and research to improve their work, understand the difference they make and better support small and medium-sized charities across England and Wales. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alex worked at New Philanthropy Capital, a charity thinktank and consultancy, where he worked on a range of projects to help charities and funders measure and articulate their impact.

Rob Newton, Leeds Beckett University

Rob works in policy with the Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. Rob is part of the team delivering the 3 year ‘What Works for Wellbeing’ ESRC research project, contributing to the ‘Community’ evidence programme. Rob specialises in building links between research and practice and leads partnership activity across Leeds in support of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board. Prior to working for Leeds Beckett University, Rob worked for the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities as a policy lead on local government finance.

Questions and answers

Post your questions in the comment section below and join us on 21 October 10.30-11.30 to see live responses from our panellists.

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Nick was NCVO's public services manager until March 2017. He is also a trustee of the South London Relief in Sickness Fund.

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