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903, 2017

Transparency and Storytelling in Impact Reporting

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Charities, Social & Environmental Impact|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

At the Art of Impact event held by Blackbaud on the 1st March 2017, Matt Stevenson-Dodd, the CEO of Street League since 2010, shared his insights and perspectives on transparency and storytelling in impact reporting by non-profit sector organisations. His presentation can be found in the video below.

To have a conversation with us about impact in the social sector, we welcome you to get in touch with our Head of Impact, David Hounsell, at David.Hounsell@alerongroup.com

903, 2017

David Hounsell speaks at ‘The Art of Impact’ event

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Charities, Data Analytics, Social & Environmental Impact|Tags: , , |1 Comment

On March 1st, Blackbaud hosted ‘The Art of Impact’, an event focused on demonstrating impact and outcomes as a non-profit organisation. The audience of non-profit leaders heard talks from two experts, followed by a lively Q&A. Our Head of Impact, David Hounsell, spoke on the importance of an impact strategy, taking a holistic approach to impact, using theory and logic, valuing data systems and processes and treating impact as a change management programme that involves the entire organisation. Watch the video below to hear David’s presentation:
3101, 2017

Access Impact Management Programme

By |January 31st, 2017|Categories: Charities, Social & Environmental Impact, Social enterprises|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Aleron is delighted to have been appointed an approved provider for the new two-year Impact Management Programme, funded by the Access Foundation and Power to Change. The Impact Management Programme aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact, with an ultimate view to helping them access social investment and/or build their commissioned income.

The programme combines training, grant-funding, peer support, expert advice and an online platform.

There are two strands to the programme:

  1. Pathway – for organisations that are new to impact management
  2. Growth – for organisations with more developed impact practices, seeking investment/contracts

Aleron will work with ventures […]

1612, 2016

Driving Impact Through Networks – Briefing Paper

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Social & Environmental Impact|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

“Alone we can do little; together we can do so much”

Organisations are increasingly realising the power of networks to create the greatest impact for society. Working collaboratively with a network of partners can increase your reach, generate efficiencies and stimulate innovation.

Yet, approaches to working in networks vary widely and each approach has a unique set of associated challenges. In our latest Briefing Paper, Aleron brings together the insight of expert practitioners in the field to bring clarity to the complex area of network working in the social sector.

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1612, 2016

Network Impact Event, 1st December 2016

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Social & Environmental Impact|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

On the 1st of December 2016, Aleron and Sinzer co-hosted an event bringing together over 50 leaders from charities, foundations, investors, and peak bodies to discuss network impact. At the event a range of experts from frontline practice, investment, and research backgrounds shared their first-hand experience, practical lessons, and reflections on the future of impact in networks.

Four key themes emerged through the session:

Theme One: Network impact is a post-organisation mindset

Bethia McNeil, Director for the Centre for Youth Impact, argued that the sector’s current approach to doing impact is often individualistic, expensive and protectionist. Network impact offers the chance to go […]

2111, 2016

Taking control of your analytics journey

By |November 21st, 2016|Categories: Businesses, Charities, Data Analytics, Foundations, Public sector, Social & Environmental Impact, Social Innovation, Strategy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

by Nicolas Ponset, Chief Executive at Aleron

The quantity of data being generated each year is increasing exponentially. The opportunity to use data to transform how organisations operate, manage talent, and create value is growing at a similar rate. But, data on its own doesn’t provide executives and other decision makers with valuable insights. In fact, when a coherent approach to data collection and analysis is lacking, working with data can fast become burdensome, expensive and distracting.

For data to deliver any meaningful value for an organisation, the information must be directly relevant to their strategic objectives. Furthermore, there must be a […]

1611, 2016

The Rise of Network Impact Measurement

By |November 16th, 2016|Categories: Businesses, Charities, Social & Environmental Impact, Strategy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

by Angela Wu and Jill Carman, Consultants at Aleron

It is common for organisations to overlook their wider impact beyond their beneficiaries and on other organisations and the extended community. Capturing wider impact and knock-on effects is important and can help you understand the real value of your work.

Many charities are starting to see the benefits of measuring their impact within a bigger network. Most social sector organisations operate in a complex network of influence, and ‘making an impact’ on a beneficiary often cannot be attributed to any single organisation. With this in mind, we encourage charities to think big when measuring […]

1910, 2016

Charity fundraising: responding to turbulent times

By |October 19th, 2016|Categories: Charities|Tags: , , |0 Comments

by Jasper Joyce, Consultant at Aleron

It has been a turbulent twelve months for charity fundraising. Across the UK fundraising sector as a whole, several examples of poor fundraising practice have been exposed, and there has been much debate about what constitutes acceptable fundraising activity. Following this prolonged wave of significant public, media and political attention, The Charity Commission published Charity Fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20). CC20 was published in the context of two particularly pertinent formal reviews. Charitable fundraisers must understand in full the implications of both:

1910, 2016

How can Scottish charities overcome the challenge of declining public trust?

By |October 19th, 2016|Categories: Charities, Data Analytics|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

by Christine Corlet-Walker, Consultant at Aleron (Scotland)

In June, Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR released its research findings from The Scottish Charity Surveys 2016. The report highlighted a decline in the public’s trust in Scottish charities in 2016. This came shortly after similar findings were uncovered through a UK wide Charity Commission report conducted by Populus, Public Trust and Confidence in Charities, 2016.

With part of the Aleron team now based in Edinburgh, we are beginning to understand this local context first hand.

The findings are stark. The Populus report showed that trust in charities has fallen by 15% in the past […]

909, 2016

Beyond Collaboration: Can impact define a sector?

By |September 9th, 2016|Categories: Charities, Social & Environmental Impact|Tags: , |0 Comments

by Jasper Joyce, Consultant at Aleron

Last week we attended an inspiring workshop of youth leaders discussing and debating ‘collective impact’. Collective Impact is a concept and approach that is increasingly capturing the imagination of the social sector, funding community and governments alike. In a sentence, collective impact is the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social issue.

 

Five preconditions for success

The Centre for Youth Impact and UK Youth, along with a range of youth charities and charity advisers, are embarking on this ambitious and exciting project and, […]