TSI Working Paper Series No. 1 “Methodological Guideline For Impact Assessment”

Scottish Charity Awards 2017 winner – Demonstrating Digital – Drake Music Scotland

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Third Sector Impact

The aim of this TSI working paper is to give an overview of the existing knowledge on impact and to elaborate a consensus-based set of impact indicators within the following theory-based impact domains: well-being and quality of life; innovation; civic engagement, empowerment, advocacy and community building; economy and human resources.

Chapter 2 addresses the question what is impact? It outlines the areas where impact is currently and offers a definition. Chapter 3 presents reviews of existing literature, official reports and policy documents. Subsequently, a theoretical framework is described in Chapter 4, in order to identify and locate the impacts occurring in the different areas. In Chapter 5 specific methods for measuring impact on different levels are introduced and compared. Finally a consensus-based set of indicators in each of the five impact domains is elaborated in chapter 6. Chapter 7 concludes the paper.

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