Manchester Cares

Data and evidence

Manchester Cares

This page provides tools, resources and programmes that we fund, to help you plan, understand, measure and improve your project's impact.

Our approach to data and evidence

The National Lottery Community Fund aims to help charities and community organisations to improve their ability to capture, process, use and share data and evidence that is meaningful and insightful. To that end, we provide a list of guides, tools and other resources, and support a range of UK wide programmes and expert organisations that can help you at all stages of your data and evidence journey.

We want our grant holders and the wider sector to:

  • Have access to data and insights, which enable them to reflect, learn prove and improve.
  • Understand how their work contributes to helping people and communities to thrive.

Our approach to data and evidence is guided by the following principles. Evidence must:

  • Be useful and enable action
  • Focus on measuring what matters, and understand context
  • Improve as well as prove
  • Contribute as well as attribute
  • Be appropriate, ethical, proportionate & beneficial.

Use the tools, resources and programmes that we fund, to help you plan, understand, measure and improve your project's impact.

If you would like a particular resource to be added to this page or you would like to provide feedback, please email data.evidence@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Support organisations

The UK wide programmes and expert organisations listed below provide the assistance you need to help you navigate all stages of your data and evidence journey.

Inspiring Impact

UK-wide

  • Practical support for all stages of data and evidence work
  • Planning, understanding and improving your impact
  • Communicating, comparing and sharing your results
  • Exchanging practice.

Types of support: Financial; online resources; online training; self-assessment tools; peer learning networks.

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What Works Centre for Wellbeing

UK-wide

  • Practical guidance and questions to measure the wellbeing of the people you work with
  • Access to current research and evidence
  • Comparison of your project’s impact results against national, regional and local averages.

Types of support: Face to face and online training; online step-by-step guide; access to databases.

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Charity Evaluation Working Group

UK-wide

  • Peer support network for charity evaluation professionals
  • Exchanging learning and practice
  • Access to Communities of Practice (Health and Wellbeing).

Types of support: Face to face and online training; online step-by-step guide; access to databases.

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Statisticians for Society

UK-wide

  • Matching expert statisticians with VCSE organisations
  • Practical support to data collection and analysis.

Types of support: One to one tailored support.

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Alliance for Useful Evidence - Nesta

UK-wide

  • Advice on how to use evidence effectively
  • Advocating and building alliances and strategic partnerships for smarter use of evidence.

Types of support: Peer networks; evidence masterclass; training events; resources; advice.

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Online tools and resources

Use the guides, online tools and resources provided on this page to help you plan, understand measure and improve your project’s impact.

Guides and tools

Outcome frameworks and standalone measures guide
This is a comprehensive index of existing outcome frameworks and standalone measures in range of areas. Outcome frameworks are published to promote consistency in impact measurement. Standalone measures provide information on how much of an outcome has happened or is expected to happen. The spreadsheet tool is complemented by this report that provides information on the methodology used to compile the list, the rational for inclusion of outcome frameworks and standalone measures and an explanation of the data fields.

Happiness Pulse
The Happiness Pulse helps measure, understand, and improve wellbeing with a simple five minute online survey.

Brief Guide to measuring Loneliness
This guide provides advice and guidance for charities and social enterprises on how to understand and measure your impact on reducing loneliness in adults and children and sets out the national loneliness measures. It also provides a questionnaire template for a loneliness evaluation.

Guide to measuring Wellbeing
The What Works for Wellbeing Centre has developed a guide that helps you understand if and how your activities affect the wellbeing of the people you are working with.


Using data to understand your local community

Thriving Places” Index
The Index shows how well areas provide the conditions that promote citizens and community wellbeing and covers three main subject areas: equality, sustainability and city conditions. The results are published annually for 40 Local Authorities in England and Wales.

Diagnostics

Inspiring Impact Data Diagnostics
Inspiring Impact offers a Data Diagnostics Tool that gives you a personalized report on what information to collect and how.

Other resources

Evidence for Good: How charities can use evidence in ways other than proving their impact - featuring case studies from seven charities (July 2018)
Measuring the difference you make: Arts Professional - article for arts charities on impact measurement (September 2018).