Impact measurement overview


Impact measurement toolkit – a free guide by Kingston Smith with an introduction to impact measurement procedures and principles involved.

How to measure and report social impact – a document by the Social Investment Business Group, aimed at helping organisations looking to develop their social impact measurement and reporting.

Evaluating outcomes and impact – a Charities Evaluation Services’ resource guide.

ESS Support Guides Evaluation Support Scotland free resources, guides, tools, and case studies on every aspect of evaluation – from setting outcomes, designing evidence collection methods, using qualitative information for evaluation, and many more.

Evidence Planning tool – available to download from the Development Impact & You Toolkit, provides elements to reflects on the effects of an activity in order to define future outcomes.

Measuring impact of peer networks – this resource explores methods and metrics for measuring the effectiveness and impacts of networks. It is part of the Unlocking Networks Handbook.

Volunteering Impact Measurement: Top Tips to Get You Started – this guide, written by a sub-group of the Scottish Volunteering Forum, provides top tips on impact measurement practices in volunteering.


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Measuring impact and outcomes – Lessons from the RNIB – (9 pp. 232KB) – a project from the RNIB to measure its impact, describing lessons learned.

Maximise your impact. A guide for social entrepreneurs – (142 pp., 2MB) – this guide is aimed at social entrepreneurs who want to maximise their impact. It provides a practical approach on how to engage with stakeholders, collect data and design goods and services to maximise impact. It was developed within “Know Your Impact: Social Impact Management Tools for Young Social Entrepreneurs” by Estonian Social Enterprise Network, Koç University Social Impact Forum, Mikado Sustainable Development Consulting and Social Value UK.

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