Showing the impact of the work you do offers you and your community a cause for celebration, it opens up funding opportunities and demonstrates why you’re a great organisation to support.
Monitoring can involve:
- Measuring the number of activities delivered (output)
Example: We delivered 45 coffee mornings over 12 months
- Measuring the number of beneficiaries supported (output)
Example: 200 older adults attended coffee mornings over 12 months
- Measuring the number of volunteers supported (output)
Example: Three volunteers were recruited and supported to facilitate coffee mornings
- Measuring immediate changes in beneficiaries’ quality of life as a result of your work (outcome)
Example: 60% of coffee morning attendees reported improved self-esteem after attending coffee mornings
- The projected long term impact of your work. This is harder to measure but demonstrates your consideration of how the projects supports your wider community and fits in the local ecology (social value)
Example: Improved self-esteem among older adults leads to better health and greater social connection. This reduces pressure on statutory mental health services and other health and social care services. The older adult population of our town are healthier, happier and have more social opportunities as a result of our coffee mornings.