Measuring effectiveness seems to be the zeitgeist of the moment, but it can be no bad thing in the charity sector. It will assist in demonstrating the contribution to society made by charities, as well as encouraging them to be more efficient and also true to their purpose.
Conservative MP Simon Fell has introduced a bill in Parliament to set up a new government agency that would help measure the impact of charities and enable them to secure more funding. His plan is to create a new body to measure the impact of charities’ services and curate a central hub of information and case studies. If successful, he said there would be “an accredited team of officials from across government who will be able to drop in and measure the impact of the work that organisations like these do, so that future funding is easier to secure”. This means that charities would have a “clear and demonstrable link between previous funding, delivery and impact of services offered”.