Impact round-up: November 2021

Welcome to the November edition of the impact round-up. I trust you’re all thinking about how we only have six weeks until Christmas 🎅🤶🎄, but here’s some impact news to keep you going until then!

In this edition, we spotlight opportunities in impact and evaluation and share useful evaluation resources and training opportunities.

Our NCVO evaluation consultancy team continues to grow

We recently welcomed our newest member to the team, Sandy Chidley, as an evaluation consultant. Sandy brings a range of social research and evaluation experience from his previous roles at Ipsos MORI and NatCen. He’ll help us continue to provide high-quality impact and evaluation consultancy for our members and the sector more broadly.

And we’re still hiring! Come work with us!

We’re looking for a senior evaluation consultant to complement our existing team. The successful applicant will help lead on providing high-quality training, capacity-building and consultancy for the sector.

Spread the word if you know someone who ‘d be interested! The deadline for applications is 09.00 on 22 November.

What we’ve been reading and experimenting with recently

From across the impact blogosphere

Helpful and interesting tools

  • Jamboard is a digital interactive whiteboard developed by Google. In an ever more digital world, it provides a way of sharing and developing ideas as a team, no matter where you’re joining from.
  • Miro is similar to Jamboard. It’s also a digital interactive whiteboard but it has a lot more functionality than Jamboard. For example, it has an ‘infinite canvas’ so you can grow your theory of change as big as you like. This YouTube video explains how it works. There’s a free version with basic functionality.
  • Mentimeter uses live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As and more to get real-time input – regardless of if you’re operating remotely, hybrid or face-to-face.
  • QDA Miner is free software for qualitative data analysis. Again, the free version has limited functionality but is still useful.

Equity, diversity and inclusion guidance

NCVO is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We’re on an internal journey to learn and challenge ourselves to embed equity, diversity and inclusion in our everyday practice and behaviours. We also want to help the sector to make a difference. We have guidance on getting started.

Have you used Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scales to measure wellbeing?

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing want to learn about studies where improvement in mental wellbeing is an objective. They are interested in studies from across voluntary, public and private sectors, to summarise evidence on what works to improve mental wellbeing, for whom and in what contexts. The blog on their website explains more about this call for evidence.

NCVO impact, evaluation and strategy training

We’re also continuing to run accessible and affordable online courses, focusing on key topics such as:

  • outcomes
  • impact and theory of change
  • governance, strategy and volunteering.

We make sure your learning needs are met through interactive, live sessions with knowledgeable and experienced trainers – with discounts for NCVO members. Not yet a member? Find out more about NCVO membership.

Here’s what’s coming up soon:

We can also come to you! Our courses can be delivered virtually online, providing an affordable way to train groups of staff, trustees or volunteers. Fill in our training and events form for more information.

As always, please feel free to email us any thoughts or ideas on what you’d like have covered in future round-ups!


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Avatar photo Sarah Menzies is a consultant with NCVO Charities Evaluation Services. She specialises in supporting voluntary sector organisations of diverse sizes and scope to build their capacity in evaluation. This is done through training, consultancy and specialised group support. She is a mixed methods researcher but has expertise on action research, empowering /inclusive research and working with marginalised communities.

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