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Aleron (www.aleron.org) recently published a study about impact and efficiency in UK charities.
Our aim was to explore how charities are coping in the current environment and seek to understand what the key priorities are, what actions are being taken, and where there are areas of strength and weakness. We also try to understand current approaches to impact measurement. After engaging with over 100 third sector organisations, we combined feedback with our own experiences in both the third and private sectors.
The key question we have drawn from our study is: How can charities improve social impact, become more resilient, and maintain sustainability in good times and bad?
The solution lies in charities ensuring that they have all of the building blocks in place, that they are responsive to sector specific challenges, and that they embrace impact measurement. We believe that impact measurement is the key to unlocking more effective performance improvement, and ultimately improved outcomes for beneficiaries.
We hope this study will provide some clear and practical steps to improve impact and efficiencies. To have a starting point, we have included a diagnostic to identify areas of opportunity within organisations.