Our March keynote was again full to capacity, with over 60 NFP leaders taking the opportunity to listen to our expert panel discussing how to implement a successful impact measurement strategy. A lot of conversation was had around where to begin, how to make it happen and how to use the data that the majority of the room are already collecting.
At NPA we have wrestled with how we evaluate our programs, as a small, start-up enterprise. And what was great to hear is that it doesn’t need to be big but it does need to be invested in and important in your strategic planning and business as usual. Being clear at the start of the process on what you want to measure and why is clearly something that we all wrestle with but essential if we are to evaluate our effectiveness, not only for those who are funding us, but most importantly our beneficiaries, in whatever form they take.
As one of our panel aptly put it, we need to realise that nothing is perfect but there is good enough. And as for-purpose organisations it is important that we make sure we are good enough, and avoiding mission creep. And make sure we keep it simple! Our thanks go to Michelle Taylor from Good Foundations for facilitating, and Calum Scott , Opportunity International, Ben X from KidsXpress and Kate Saunders, an independent impact consultant, for their expert opinions and for all those that attended for asking some great, relevant questions.