Inspiring Impact is a UK wide initiative that aims to change the way the voluntary and community sector thinks about impact and to make high quality impact practice the norm for charities and social enterprises by 2022.

A ten year programme supporting the sector to place impact at the heart of what it does, it involves a coalition of 8 organisations across the UK including the Trust which is the lead partner for Northern Ireland.

The sector is more conscious than ever before to plan for and measure the difference it makes to people and communities and in a climate of reduced funding and increased scrutiny there is an awareness of the need to focus on impact.

We commenced Phase 2 of Inspiring Impact NI at the start of 2016, working with CO3, NICVA, Volunteer Now, Sported, Playboard, Community Development & Health Network and Youthnet, who will all receive support from our delivery partner, Community Evaluation Northern Ireland.

This support will help these organisations embed impact practice within their own organisation and with some client/member groups.

We are also resourcing a collaboration of Arts organisations through grant aid to Voluntary Arts Ireland to consider and develop impact practice in the arts sector.

With support from the Department for Social Development  - the review of the existing Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland  website and also the practical tools such as the Measuring Up diagnostic tool are being further refined and developed for smaller organisations.