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This introductory webinar is the first in the series of seven webinars within the IMM: Builder course. During this session members were introduced to the course tutor, introduced themselves to the group and discussed any IMM ‘monsters’ they had or wanted to address as part of the webinar series. The course tutor then explained how the course works and finished with a Q&A.
Participatory impact measurement and management (IMM) involves engaging your stakeholders in different elements of the IMM process. In the first topic of the webinar we look at the practical steps you can take to engage your stakeholders in the different stages of the IMM process.
Taking an ethical approach to IMM considers the ethical obligations you have to your stakeholders to ensure they are not negatively impacted by their involvement in IMM. In the second topic of this webinar we look at how you can take practical steps to address ethics across the IMM process.
A theory of change can be a powerful tool for IMM as it provides a ‘blueprint’ for how your activities will lead to outcomes and impact that you can measure against. In the first topic of this webinar we take you through the key steps in how to develop a theory of change and complete a simple template.
Defining and documenting indicators, the specific pieces of data that will be used to measure outcomes, is a critical step in the overall IMM process. In our second topic of the webinar we go through how to find and select indicators from the many indicator toolkits that have been developed, and how to follow quality criteria to develop your own indicators.
There are many different methods available to you for measuring outcomes and impact, from a simple questionnaire, through to methods using art or drama. In our first topic of this webinar we go through some of the key practical considerations to ‘take into account’ when selecting data collection methods as part of a ‘mixed method’ approach. In the second topic of the webinar we look at the different options available for IMM software, from spreadsheet programmes through to online software specifically designed for IMM, and what to take into account when making a selection. Sampling involves drawing conclusions about the total population you work with through analysing data collected from a smaller group (or sample) of them. In our third topic on the webinar, we go through the steps you’ll need to take, to get a more representative sample.
Regardless of whether your focus is more on generating social or environmental outcomes and impact, at some stage it is likely that you will need to collect data directly from individuals or organisations in relation to your work. So you’ll need good quality data collection tools. In our first topic of this webinar we cover how to find existing questions to use in your tools, how to develop good quality questions, and how to test your tools once developed to ensure they are fit for purpose.It is then time to consider how best to deploy the tools to collect accurate data and ensure that those you are collecting data from are not adversely affected through the process. In our second topic of the webinar we go through how to make a plan about when and where to deploy your data collection tools and, if you are collecting data directly from people, how to train your data collection team to collect good quality data in an ethical way.
Quantitative data analysis involves the presenting and interpreting of numerical data, for example, compiling the data into a table or chart and making sense of what the data’s telling you. In the first topic of this webinar we take you through a simple process for conducting quantitative data analysis, from good practice in displaying data, through to questions you can use to draw out interesting and important findings.
Conducting qualitative data analysis, drawing conclusions from text or images collected through the impact measurement process, can be particularly challenging. In the second topic of the webinar we take you step by step through a simple but highly effective process for conducting what’s called ‘thematic analysis’, a form of qualitative analysis that involves identifying themes and patterns from your data.
Regardless of your area of work and the type of impact you are looking to generate, it is likely that at some stage you will need to report back to your stakeholders. Writing effective reports is a key skill in communicating your impact and can be an important tool for attracting fundraising and investment. In this webinar we look at the different ways you can report your impact and how to write a quality impact report with findings, conclusions and recommendations. For organisations that conduct impact measurement effectively, the learning generated from the process is far too often not used to improve performance and increase the scope and quality of an organisations impact going forwards. In the second topic of the webinar we look at how you can take steps towards becoming a learning organisation, putting in place simple tools and processes for turning learning from the impact measurement process, into transformative action.