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Our impact

Our impact

Research and learning is at the heart of our approach to making the most of the money we invest and the partnerships we make. We are committed to ensuring that we work with all our grant holders to really understand the outcomes and impact that the projects are having for the people they work with and for.

We ask grantees to work with Spirit’s external evaluators so we can understand the impact of our funding. From 2014 – 2017, InFocus enterprises acted as Spirit’s independent evaluator. You can see their summative evaluation, and our response to it, below.

Overall, participants and volunteers across all the projects we fund report better wellbeing:

Understanding Impact

Our grant making programmes are underpinned by a Theory of Change, which was developed in consultation with more than 30 of our stakeholders.  This shows how we believe that supporting people to be more active, creative and connected leads to positive social outcomes.

We ask all projects to select which of the outcomes they are aiming to achieve, and develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to identify how they will understand their impact.

We are keen to understand the overall impact of our investments as well as look at what each project is aiming to achieve. All projects are asked to report on the impact that their project is having on subjective wellbeing, using the ONS wellbeing measures.