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Books and Guides

This guide from Quality Matters provides an introduction to three commonly used methods for planning impact measurement for social service organisations: Logic Model, Theory of Change and Social Return on Investment (SROI). The aim of the guide is to provide readers with sufficient information to understand these models and select one that will most suit the needs of their organisation.

Event Reports

The 8th EVPA Annual Conference took place in Dublin on 13-14 November 2012 and addressed
the question “Backing the change-makers in a time of uncertainty: can we do more?”

External Databases and Resources

A database of resources for Evaluators can be found on the Irish Evaluation Network pages of the School of Education Studies, Dublin City University website.

TIME is part of Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin. The unit will bring together researchers in economics working on micro-economic impact evaluations, development practitioners, and policy makers in a collective effort to estimate and understand the impact of development aid and investments. TIME will contribute to the global debate on the economic development process and the underlying mechanisms at work. Their vision is to provide strong evidence of what works, so that better investments that have real impact on the development process can be made.

Opinion and Comment

A series of blog posts by Sandra Velthuis of Whitebarn Consulting, in Ireland, from March 2011 onwards about outcomes, impact and social value, including numerous article links.

Notes from a presentation at the Philanthropy Ireland in September 2013 AGM by Caroline Fiennes from Giving Evidence on how evidence can help to improve impact and improve performance.

Training and Courses

In January 2009, the Centre for Nonprofit Management at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, in association with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, launched the Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship – a unique and innovative programme with the primary purpose of creating an intellectual ‘home’ for research, education and dialogue on social entrepreneurship in Ireland. The Centre offers courses on nonprofit organisation and management and social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Working Papers and Research

Following an exploratory meeting hosted by Philanthropy Ireland and the Social Impact Analysts Association in Summer 2013, a Questionnaire was circulated among practitioners engaged in social impact analysis and those who commission and/or utilise evidence from social impact analysis, with a view to exploring the landscape in relation to interest and engagement on the topic and possibilities for progressing the agenda across the island of Ireland. This document is a report of the responses to the questionnaire.

This report, from Forfás and DJEI, features the research requested as part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2012 on the potential of social enterprise to create jobs and identifies the actions required, in funding, procurement, etc., by Government and other relevant bodies and agencies to create jobs in this sector.

The Wheel has published a new report on the state of impact measurement in Ireland’s community, voluntary and charity sector. The report is based on research conducted by Sandra Velthuis, an independent consultant on behalf of The Wheel in November 2011. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation funded the project.