Dr Squirrel Main, Research & Evaluation Manager, reveals why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a vital tool for effective grantmaking.
The Foundation was thrilled to recently receive the 2017 SIMNA Award for Outstanding Social Impact Measurement Funding Organisation. This recognition confirms that the Foundation’s efforts to increase the impact and effectiveness of our grant-making are on the right track.
Throughout 2016, the Foundation has hosted forums on various issues relating to some of our program area funding objectives. On Thursday, 27 October 2016, eleven grantee organisations, that had received disability-employment-related grants in the past, were invited to attend a Disability Employment Forum at the Foundation. Nine organisations sent representatives to the half-day forum.
‘Impact measurement’— it seems to be the phrase on every philanthropist’s tongue. Measuring the long-term changes catalysed by the organisations and people using your donations seems a simple enough concept but when faced with a myriad of incomplete spreadsheets and missing data, the reality can be very daunting. And that’s when you actually know what you are measuring.
How do you know if an art program is successful? Of course you can measure audience numbers—but how do you measure other elements like quality? Following the positive experience of one of our grantees, Access Arts, we are expanding our participation in a new arts evaluation program known as Culture Counts...
The excitement that comes with the award letter can also come with a myriad of questions. At The Ian Potter Foundation, we are committed to assisting our grantees and fostering excellence throughout the grant life cycle. So, recently we held an Evaluation workshop for new grantees. Naturally, we evaluated how the workshop went.