Collaborating on Impact


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Insights into higher education - social purpose organisation partnerships from the Proving Our Value project presented at the 'In Pursuit of Happiness' conference 14 April 2014

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Collaborating on Impact

  1. 1. Collaborating on Impact Insights on HE-SPO partnerships – Evidence from Proving Our Value Charlotte Hanson, South West Forum
  2. 2. University of Bath & BANES CAB University of Bristol & Voscur University of Exeter & CCD CCRI & GCCP, Fairshares G11, GAVCA University of West of England & WHLC
  3. 3. Enabling factors for partnership • Realistic expectations around capacity • Trust, openness and knowledge sharing • Levels of buy-in & enthusiasm from SPO practitioners & volunteers • The role of practitioners and volunteers in engaging beneficiaries • Existing levels of research expertise and skills • COMMUNICATION
  4. 4. Partnership Successes • Better access to clients • Better understanding of service users & SPOs • Co-production of methodologies/tools • Data collection from multiple partners • Joint Analysis • Enhanced skills/knowledge on both sides
  5. 5. Key Learning Points 1. Strong evidence of social and economic impact & significant return on investment Examples of added economic value Examples of economic savings harnessing volunteers addiction problems returning to employment and training debt management issues resuming child care responsibilities anger management community capacity enhanced Economic impact of the Wellbeing Programme
  6. 6. Impact map for Young People and Community – Gloucester City Centre Project Orienteer, P. Courtney Activities Short term Outcomes Medium term Outcomes Long-term OutcomesRange of training/educational/ recreational activities Representation in community Exposure to substance mis-use programmes and information Off street meetings and gatherings as opposed to on street Reduced contact with street drinkers Increased Local democracy/group participation/social networking Increase in youth volunteering Greater inter- generational activity Improved relationships between youth and police Improved safety and security Increased trust, community cohesion & well being Improved confidence and self esteem Improved employment and FE/HE prospects Reduction in juvenile crime Improved physical health Improved mental health Reduction in alcohol abuse Reduction in crime levels through cultural shift Reduced pressure on health service and criminal justice system Reduction in welfare payments and increase in tax receipts Facilities for formal/informal youth provision
  7. 7. Citizen’s Advice Bureau Services M.Farr et al
  8. 8. Key Learning Points 2. The value of happiness “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude” Dale Carnegie It’s really sorted out my mind Really helpful on the confidence side Social Prescribing Skills intervention
  9. 9. Key Learning Points 3. Importance of understanding & valuing the client
  10. 10. 4. Methodological Observations • Difficulties in monetising intangible outcomes • Value /challenge of SROI approach • No standard best fit approach to capturing social value • Some commonalities – mixed methods, – blended, – longitudinal
  11. 11. 4. Methodological Observations... • Impact assessment process per se is valuable esp. Theory of Change • Impact assessment must be proportionate to Capacity
  12. 12. Partnership Legacy • Influencing Policy • Attracting investment • Co-produced tools • Research Legacy • Future collaborations • Organisational Learning