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“Measuring the good” – a structured volunteering opportunity

Measuring the good logoLast night, I attended a briefing session run by Antonia Orr (Coalition for Efficiency) and Angela Schelnkhoff-Hus (Volunteering Matters) to find out more about “Measuring the Good“.

 

Measuring the Good is a skills-based volunteering programme. Skilled volunteers are connected to charities and social enterprises that need help to identify and develop the way they measure and manage their impact.

Measuring the Good is a simple, practical and structured approach to help organisations with a social mission embed a culture of impact management within the organisation and better understand and communicate the impact of their services.

The programme offers a step-by-step framework for a volunteer to support an organisation in their impact measurement by acting as an independent facilitator and applying their management expertise. The Measuring the Good Handbook provides useful tips and resources to guide both the volunteer and the organisation through the programme.

I was introduced to Antonia at an OR Society Third Sector event last year and was keen to find out how I could become a volunteer on this programme and also, how it might be a useful partner programme for our Pro Bono OR scheme.

Last night, there were 10 participants at the workshop, including some who had already helped a charity as a volunteer.

We heard more about the funding and resourcing challenges facing the Third Sector as well as some interesting statistics on the size and growth of Social Enterprises (turnover totaling £24bn in the UK and employing 1 million people).

Measuring the Good is, essentially a structured programme to help charities cut through the usual barriers to measure their impact. Barriers include:

  • Lack of capacity, resources and skills
  • Perceived complexity due to numerous models, tools and methods
  • Poor leadership and weak performance cultures

The programme is designed specifically for small to medium-sized organisations, however, any organisation (charity, social enterprise, CIC, CIO, IPS, etc.) that exists to fulfil a social mission can apply

For organisations, you can register your interest by emailing Angela Schlenkhoff-Hus at Volunteering Matters: Angela.Schlenkhoff-Hus@volunteeringmatters.org.uk.

To become a Measuring the Good volunteer, you can complete the form below and send it to Angela Schlenkhoff-Hus at Volunteering Matters: Angela.Schlenkhoff-Hus@volunteeringmatters.org.uk.

Application form for Volunteers

 

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