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Often even the most effective third sector organisations struggle to fully articulate the difference that they make. There is a continuing (and often futile) debate over which form of impact measurement framework or tool is the most appropriate for the job … this tends to end up in either organisational inaction or excessive cost. Most… Read more »

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Reflections on the lessons from our recent evaluation of the Acquiring Business 4 Good programme In one of my first discussions about the programme someone described Acquiring Business 4 Good (AB4G) as ‘more bleeding edge than cutting edge’. That was it, I was sold; dead keen to work with Social Firms Scotland to take a… Read more »

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Today saw the launch of one in a series of high profile Social Return on Investment (SROI) studies by Social Value Lab. The SROI study focuses on the difference made by the Impact Arts Craft Café programme, a pilot initiative focused on reducing the isolation and loneliness experienced by older people. Impact Arts welcomed the… Read more »

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Social Value Lab is pleased to announce the launch of the new Partners for Change programme, an initiative designed to build local, positive relationships between Public and Third Sector partners and to tackle the barriers to intelligent commissioning head on. The objectives of Partners for Change are: To bring about a shared understanding and improved… Read more »

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Some observations on the progress, effectiveness, and impact of the Firstport awards programme. The assignment Another great assignment … working with the team at Firstport to help take stock of their awards programme – how well it works, what impact it’s had, and how it can get better. We did the useful … crunched some… Read more »