Choosing the correct impact data to collect can often be a confusing hurdle for charities faced with the constraints of limited resources. In September 2015 we hosted an event to try and demystify this topic, and to help attendees understand the best to approach impact data collection.
This short briefing summarises advice from the speakers on the day, and draws on the experience of those in attendance. The main themes discussed were:
- the different types of impact data (qualitative and quantitative) and their uses;
- methods for collecting impact data; and
- some top tips for getting started.
Listen and learn: How charities can use qualitative research
This paper is designed to help charities better understand the role of qualitative research in informing a charity’s decisions and helping it to identify what works. When qualitative research is undertaken in a more systematic way, it provides valuable insight to help drive service design, delivery and improvement, and keeps user voice central to a charity’s work.
Choosing a data management system for your organisation: a frontline perspective
Data is increasingly important and deciding how to collect and manage it can be difficult. Organisations in the charity sector have diverse requirements, and there are many things that need consider for a system to be suitable for an organisation and those worked with.
This paper covers insights from the following areas:
- Highlight practical challenges encountered by others
- Help others navigate the process and avoid common pitfalls
- Ensure they consider all the options.