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Inspiring Impact

About Inspiring Impact

Social Value UK are the Inspiring Impact partner for England.  Inspiring Impact has an ambitious vision to make impact practice the norm within the charity sector.  The next phase of the programme is running from 2018-2021.  The programme is being delivered by 6 partners across the UK, Social Value UK, New Philanthropy Capital, Evaluation Support Scotland, NCVO Charities Evaluation Service, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Community Evaluation Northern Ireland.  To learn more about the partners head to  ‘Who we are’  on the Inspiring Impact website. Learn more about Inspiring Impact here.

For more details, head to our further information section below.

Inspiring Impact in 2020

Key Challenge for Inspiring Impact in England for 2020:

More and more charities, social enterprises and funders want to understand and improve the impact that they make. We all want to do that in a way that’s proportionate to our organisation’s activities and resources.  

We’ve heard from many organisations that engaging colleagues and making data and learning part of day-to-day activities can feel difficult. 

Here are some of the challenges we’ve come across:

  • Impact practice isn’t seen as a priority. It is seen as an additional burden. 
  • The CEO or trustees don’t champion impact practice. 
  • There is a lack of buy-in or ownership from frontline staff. 
  • There is too much information from different sources and people don’t know who to listen to. 
  • There is mixed understanding of impact between different stakeholders
  • Succession planning for VCSE sector orgs is a challenge

What is the focus of the 2020 programme:

Inspiring Impact is here to help. If you’re trying to do things better, we can provide inspiration, online resources and space to learn and share with others. We’re really excited to focus on a couple of things in particular: 

  • How we can make our evaluation work relevant and sensible for our organisation. 
  • How we can make impact practice a day-to-day activity that is valued and shared across our organisation.

What are we planning for 2020:

In 2019, the Inspiring Impact programme visited 6 new locations across England. In 2020 we aim to build on the momentum developed in 2019 and taking the next steps to work together to develop VCSE organisation practice beyond the introductory roadshow sessions, and to help organisations to address the challenges they have raised during the first year of the programme. For 2020, SVUK are planning a combined approach to deliver the Inspiring Impact programme:

  1. 2020 ‘embedding’ sessions at our 2019 roadshow locations
  2. A series of online interactive webinars
  3. Inspiring Impact sessions at VCSE sector events across England

Who are the events for:

  • VCSE Organisations
  • Funders, investors and commissioners
  • Private and public sector colleagues who work with the VCSE sector
  • Anyone with an interest in social value and impact management

Inspiring Impact 2020

When?Where?Who with?Title and Theme?Sign UpFollow Up

To see the full calendar of SVUK events head to:

For all queries about the roadshows, please contact Rosie Sparrow.

For more details, head to our further information section below.

Ongoing Support

Part of the goal for Inspiring Impact and the SVUK national network is to offer support in the development and embedding of impact practice into organisations. To assist with this ongoing journey, we will be offering and facilitating a range of follow on support, see the further information section for more indepth details.


Social Value UK run a series of webinars throughout the year.  In the calendar there will be 4 Inspiring Impact focused webinars.

To see the full webinar calendar head to

If you would like to find out more about becoming a partner, please e-mail Catherine Manning.

Further Information

PDF Containing further details as to Roadshow events and support offered.

Read the full press release from the Big Lottery Fund here.

Rachel Tait from New Philanthropy Capital has written a great blog about the important work done by the Impact Management Programme so far and why it is so important to charities and social enterprises. Read it here.

Inspiring Impact Activities in England 2019:

SVUK ran a series of roadshows throughout England that are aimed at providing city level accessible ‘what is social value or social impact’ peer networking events.  The events were run in partnership with SVUK partners and build on the strength of a national cross-sector network, as well as offering a Civil Society specific peer network session.  The format for sessions was:


PLEASE NOTE: Roadshow and networking are open to all sectors, and will focus on information for all sectors.  The Inspiring Impact section is VCSE sector focused.

When were these events?

There were 10 roadshows running throughout 2019.

When?Where?Who with?Title and Theme?Sign UpFollow Up
30th JanuaryBlackburne House
Falkner Street
L8 7PE
SANSocial Value, Accounting for Value and Why It Matters to YouLiverpool Roadshow Report
1st AprilFuture Business Centre
King's Hedges Road
Make an Impact CICSocial Value, Accounting for Value and Why It Matters to You
29th AprilStockport Homes
Cornerstone, 2 Edward Street
Greater Manchester Social Value NetworkSocial Value & Inspiring Impact Roadshow Event
15th MayWebinarThe Inspiring Impact webinar series offer an opportunity to hear about the Inspiring Impact programme as a whole, including key themes from the roadshows, an overview of case studies, differing local contexts and partner support.
21st MayBamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6BHBloom ProcurementSocial Value & Inspiring Impact Roadshow Event
6th JuneExeter Community Centre, 17 St. Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RGClarity CICSocial Value & Inspiring Impact Roadshow EventRegister Here
2nd JulyHarvard Lecture Theatre, David Chiddick Building, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, LN5 7ATRose RegenerationSocial Value & Inspiring Impact Roadshow EventRegister here
10th JulyWebinarInspiring Impact 2: Quarterly update - May-July The Inspiring Impact webinar series offer an opportunity to hear about the Inspiring Impact programme as a whole, including key themes from the roadshows, an overview of case studies, differing local contexts and partner support. See our webinars page
25th SeptemberThe Foundation, Lower Ground Floor, St George's Road, Bristol, BS1 5BEBathSDRSocial Value & Inspiring Impact Roadshow EventRegister Here
15th OctoberHuddersfield Mission

3-13 Lord Street


Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the HumberSocial Value & Inspiring Impact Roadshow EventRegister Here
30th October 2019 - 12:30 to 13:30 BSTInspiring Impact Webinar 3Members and Inspiring Impact attendees register free
Only available to members and Inspiring Impact attendees
11th DecemberSunbeams Music Centre

Stoller House



LynchPin SupportSocial Value & Inspiring Impact Roadshow EventRegister Here


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