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Measuring up – showing the impact of your work

It’s no longer good enough just to do good work. We now need to be able to prove it and show it.  

This practical session will look at how we can move away from playing a ‘numbers game’ and focus more on the outcomes and the difference our work makes.  The session will look at tested ways of measuring the impact of what we do, how we can encourage people to take a longer term view and provide useful evidence for funders and commissioners.

The course will be run online using Zoom

What will I learn?

The course will cover:

  • The shift from counting activity to outcomes and impact.
  • How to gather useful information about the impact of your work.
  • How to build an evidence base to influence commissioners and funders.
  • How show the real value of your work.

Trainer profile

Alan Lawrie is an established consultant specialising in strategy and business planning.  He is the author of five books on different aspects of managing voluntary organisations.

Benefits to you

  • Making sense of different approaches
  • Tried and tested ideas to take back to your organisation
  • A plan as how to show the impact of your organisation to different stakeholders.

Feedback from previous attendees:

  • That was *really* good! Lots to go and think about.
  • Very useful morning! – very helpful session!
  • I thought this was very useful and informative.
  • Very useful session and a good use of zoom. great to be able to speak to others.
  • I think it was great that you invited people to contribute when they wanted to. This gave a good feeling of being in a room with other people.
  • Really useful – lots to think about. Thought Zoom worked well, and breakout rooms worked well.
  • I liked that we stayed in the same Breakout Rooms and got to make new friends!

Who should attend?

People involved in managing, planning and evaluation.

People involved in funder relations.

Tuesday 7th November 2023

The course will be run online using Zoom.

9.30 am start. The workshop will finish by 1.00 pm. There will be a break in the middle of the session.


  • £50 per person for OCVA Members
  • £65 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £80 per person from a non-charitable organisation


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal). If you need an invoice, please email training@ocva.org.uk to request one. 

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

£ 50.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 65.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 80.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2023
Time: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm (3.5 hrs)
Cost: £50 – £80

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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