Sign up for our measuring and evaluating social impact training

Posted in: Doing Public Engagement

Join our free three-part workshop series on measuring and evaluating social impact to discover the tools and strategies you need to measure, evaluate, and communicate the value of your social initiative or project.

Working with Stacey Pottinger, founder of Octopus Impact, the University of Bath's Public Engagement Unit has developed a training programme focusing on measuring and evaluating social impact.

Who is this for?

This free training programme has been informed by our conversations with community organisations around Bath and North East Somerset and researchers at the University and is for:

  • community-based and third-sector organisations,
  • social enterprises,
  • researchers and academics,
  • anyone interested in deepening their understanding of their project or organisation's social impact and learning about different techniques to measure and communicate this.

Workshop programme

Over the course of the three workshops participants will:

🔍 Gain Insights: learn about the methodologies and frameworks in social impact measurement.

📊 Practical Tools: get hands-on experience and techniques to collect data and analyse social impact effectively.

💬 Engage and Connect: Meet like-minded people, share practice and build a network of support and collaboration.

Across the three workshops, participants will have the chance to work through or hone a Theory of Change, develop a five-step framework to evaluate their impact and then consider how they can gather data and communicate impact.

Workshop one: Theory of Change


📅 Date: Wednesday 10 July 2024

⏰ Time: 10:00-14:00

This workshop will be creative and will:

  • explain the difference between research & evaluation,
  • confirm long-term goals and impact of the organisation,
  • explore different models available,
  • work through the development of a Theory of Change, which could either be organisational or project-focused.

Workshop two: Five-Step Evaluation Framework


📅 Date: Wednesday 17 July 2024

⏰ Time: 09:30 - 16:30

This full-day workshop will build on the theory of change development work done. During the workshop we will:

  • work through a five-step framework model – dedicating time to evaluation, audience, research questions and evidence sections,
  • discuss and explore principles of evaluation,
  • consider ethics and equity,
  • reference trauma-led practice and considerations.

Workshop three: Communicating Impact


📅 Date: Wednesday 24 July 2024

⏰ Time: 10:00-14:00

This half-day workshop will build on the theory of change and five-step evaluation framework. Together we will:

  • define stakeholder groups using a communications matrix,
  • analyse good and bad examples of impact communications,
  • learn about methods and channels of communication for specific audiences,
  • develop a comms plan for platform and stakeholder groups.

By the end of the programme, participants will have developed the basis of an actionable plan, taking them from understanding their impact in the context of the problem they’re addressing to communicating that impact to their chosen stakeholders/audiences.

📍   Location: All three workshops will be held at The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down Bath, BA2 7AY.

🥙 Refreshments will be provided with your dietary requirements accounted for.

Accessibility information

The Edge has steps and a ramp leading to the entrance. The doors are double-width and automatic. There is wheelchair access to the building. There is a designated drop-off point at the side of the building and dedicated accessible parking in the East car park.

Find more information about the accessibility of The Edge on DisabledGo.

The workshops will involve being seated at tables as well as regular movement around the room. Facilities at the workshops include an accessible toilet, lift and a designated quiet space can be provided for.

Register your interest

Places on this programme are limited and are prioritising those who work in Bath and North East Somerset and those who are available to join all three workshops in the programme. If you would like to join us, please fill in the Measuring and Evaluating Social Impact training registration form.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more please drop us a line


Laura Steen is ParticipatoryResearch@Bath Project Officer at the University of Bath. 

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