Social Impact Measurement Toolbox Launch
Attendees at the launch of the Social Impact Measurement Toolbox were given an opportunity to get a first look at the Social Impact Measurement Toolbox and hear from key thinkers in the sector.
Image: Professor Chris Earley, Andrew Cairns, Bronwen Dalton, Research Director, Verity Firth, and Dean Jarret
With competition for funding increasing, Not for Profits (NFPs) are being asked to prove the impact of their work. But the lack of a standardised approach to measure social impact and with many NFPs under resourced and understaffed, this is proving difficult.
A partnership between the University of Technology Sydney and Community Sector Banking is hoping to change that. Launched on Thursday 20 September at the UTS Business School, the Social Impact Measurement Toolbox aims to empower the sector to measure their impact. It is a collection of key resources including online courses with video, forums, questionnaires, interactive templates and a repository of reliable, verifiable and validated measures, all collated in an open digital platform.
Speakers at the event included Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking; Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton, Research Director, Centre for Business and Social Innovation and the creator of the toolbox; Verity Firth, Executive Director, Social Justice, Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion; and Professor Chris Earley, Dean, UTS Business School.
Community Sector Banking CEO, Andrew Cairns acknowledged the importance of the NFP sector in building and maintaining an inclusive and equitable society.
All speakers at the event recognised the role the Social Impact Measurement Toolbox could play in strengthening the sector, and allowing for more informed conversations.
Speaking of the importance of the Toolbox, Andrew said:
The Toolbox will level the playing field between the big organisations and the small organisations, those that are in regional areas and those that are in city areas. They’ll be able to have a consistent conversation in all means and manners to be able to get that support
This sentiment was echoed by Bronwen Dalton.
There is significant and enormous need out there, but there are resources. We need to unlock the money by measuring impact. in a way that is reliable, accessible and most importantly free! There’s been an industry that has sprung up around measuring impact but this partnership does not want to financialise it, collect client data or rank charities. We are about sector capacity building and that’s why it’s going to be free for everybody!
The first course developed for the Toolbox, is currently available through UTS Open for free for those interested in learning more about how to measure their social impact. More elements of the Toolbox are currently under development and will be launched in the future.
The Social Impact Measurement Toolbox Launch was held at the UTS Business School on Thursday, 20 September 2018.