What do we offer?

Tools:

Transformational Index Workshop

The main tool – and core offering – of the TI Group is the Transformational Index workshop. This has been used with over 160 organisations – social enterprises, charities, foundations & funds, and social investors.

The workshop, ran by an experienced facilitator, enables organisations to adopt new language to describe the specific type of impact they hope to achieve. Based on this, a visual modelti_cards_edit of transformation is developed, which describes the process by which transformation occurs. Finally, in alignment with these, we will help you begin to put in place creative and practical ways to measure to what extent this transformative story is being enacted. After the workshop you will receive a bespoke report that captures the learning from the workshop and offers insight and analysis on your organisations model of transformation and critical reflection on your measurement framework.

Creating a formulaBy the end of this process, your organisation will have a robust model of how it achieves impact with clear measures to track and share to demonstrate the positive difference you make. The nature of the workshop also means that participants should have a good understanding of each other’s positions and a high degree of consensus on how transformation can be achieved.

Gain clarity around impact that will help your organisation improve its core mission, communicate its impact and – crucially – unlock resources, all in a fast, value-for-money way. 

Products:

Measurement 101

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Measurement 101 is a self-facilitated product that offers an introduction to impact measurement for smaller charities, social enterprises, and projects. It enables an organisation to understand the effectiveness of what they are currently measuring and create new measures where needed.

For social enterprises and charities: it can be used as a standalone product, supported by a phone call with a member of the TI team.

For fundsinvestors and foundations: it can used to help a portfolio of smaller projects and organisations measure their impact.  We recommend running a Transformational Index workshop at the top level, developing robust and clear measures of what ‘good’ looks like for the overall fund or foundation. These are then used to create a bespoke Measurement 101, which measures both what is important for the fund and what is important for the specific project. This achieves a mutual accountability, enabling a blend of unity and diversity across a portfolio of projects.

Services:

Social and Financial Alignment

While all resource or income models are useful, none are neutral. Whether you are a social enterprise, charity, foundation or fund, the resource or income model you choose will make a difference to your social impact. The opportunity is to align resources and impact with the result that you make more of the difference you hope to. The challenge is to avoid resource models that might limit, or even negatively affect your social impact. Based on the TI workshop, the TI team has developed an innovative approach to analysing resource and financial models in light of intended impact.

Social Impact Reports

The TI team produces high-quality social impact reports, based on the TI methodology and approach. This helps organisations to reflect on progress based on their own model of transformation, evidencing what has happened and, if applicable, joining the dots across a portfolio of projects. This is a compelling way to describe in depth your organisations impact to all stakeholders and to share your organisations learning more widely. RLPF Property Fund ImageRecent  examples include the award-winning Real Lettings Property Fund – http://www.resonance.ltd.uk/funds/reallettings-property-fund/. Another example is the report on CMS Pioneer training: https://pioneer.cmsuk.org/2015/10/26/five-years-on-an-evaluation-of-cms-pioneer-training/

Impact and Innovation Reports

The lens of impact is the most effective way for social purpose organisations to perceive innovation.  Utilising design thinking based on the TI methodology and approach, the TI team helps develop creative solutions to social challenges based on analysing the need, assessing the market and evaluating opportunities. This is rooted in the organisations FBC logocurrent impact. We take new ideas, and consider the likelihood of their impact and recommend an appropriate set of actions. A recent example is the Impact and Innovation report for Allia, funded by JP Morgan Foundation looking at the impact of a Future Business Centre in East London.

Learning Community

We are currently piloting an ‘Impact and Innovation Learning Community’ with six youth projects based throughout the UK. Each project has been through the TI workshop process, and as a result has developed a specific language for impact. This creates the possibility of exciting new conversations about improving the quality of impact and discovering possible pathways for innovation.