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Pro Bono Economics Impact Project

An opportunity for voluntary sector employment and skills providers to work with experts to measure the economic impact of their work.

Background

It has never been more important for charities and social enterprises to demonstrate the impact of the services they provide to commissioners, funders, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Improving your understanding of the economic impact of your projects helps you to refine and improve service delivery, play to your strengths, and write more successful bids.

However, few small organisations have the time, money, or expertise to evaluate their impact in a robust way.

About the Project

Pro Bono Economics (PBE) and London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) are seeking to work with three small- or medium-sized VCS employment and skills providers. We will match the VCS organisations with volunteer economists, who will analyse the economic impact of their work. The economists will conduct an economic evaluation of a particular employment and skills project, putting a value on the hard outcomes that the project achieved.

The results of this work will help us to support other organisations to measure the impact of their projects, to benchmark their work against larger organisations, and to inform LVSC's work in making the case for specialist VCS employment and skills delivery in London. The work will build on existing impact measurement frameworks, such as New Philanthropy Capital's Journey to Employment (JET) Framework.

How to get involved

We are looking for expressions of interest from London based VCS and social enterprise organisations delivering employment and skills projects.

You will need to nominate a particular project or strand of delivery to be evaluated. The project must be delivered in London. Projects can be funded through statutory programmes, European Social Fund, trusts, subcontracted delivery, or other sources. They may be completed or on-going.

It will help if you have good data on sustained employment outcomes, and some ideas about an appropriate control group of clients.

PBE-LVSC Impact Project Expression of Interest Form (Aug 2013) (Word doc)

To apply, please complete this form and return to steve@lvsc.org.uk.

The deadline for expressing interest is 5pm Friday 23 August 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact steve@lvsc.org.uk.

Useful link: http://www.probonoeconomics.com/content/5-tips-charities