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Welcome to the spring edition of our impact round-up. In this edition, evaluation consultant Lucy Lernelius takes a deep dive into measuring the impact of volunteering.
Over a quarter of people in England volunteer formally at least once a year. Many charities both big and small rely heavily on volunteers to carry out their work.
So how can the sector evaluate the impact of volunteering programmes and share the stories of volunteers? Here are our tips.
You can use national research and data as a source of indicators or questions to help measure volunteering outcomes and experiences.
It can also be useful to compare your data with national benchmarks.
There are various methodologies which aim to put a monetary value on social outcomes or initiatives such as volunteering.
Storytelling and case studies are some of the most powerful ways you can share the impact of your volunteers.
We’re motivated and moved by authentic human stories more than numbers and figures. It’s important to remember that volunteers are people, not just a resource to be mined or a way to save money.
Our in-house evaluation and volunteering consultants support organisations to develop volunteering programmes and measure their impact.
Below are examples of current and recent volunteering project evaluations.
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