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As part of our Institute's charitable mission, we offer tailored, independent, credible and evidence-based services helping social ventures from around the world to measure and improve their impact, develop outcomes frameworks and drive efficiency.  We use the Theory of Change and have structures to provide support at the highest standards locally, nationally and internationally. We are one of the approved Cabinet Office providers for the Impact Readiness Fund and we were originally involved in the structuring of the youth evidence London hub Project Oracle. We have supported organisations such as The Anne Frank Trust, Detention Action, Greater Manchester Probation Trust, Young Mayors, London Probation Trust and the British Council.

To discuss your organisational needs and to get a quote contact IARS Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides, T.Gavrielides@iars.org.uk

Examples of the services that we provide include:

  1. Develop or strengthen a bespoke Theory of Change and outcomes framework.
  2. Develop tailored measuring tools for the above and capacity-build social ventures to collect data themselves.
  3. Collect and analyse data on behalf of social ventures for evaluation and strategic purposes.
  4. Help ventures understand the collected data and translate them into strategic aims and business plans.
  5. Monitor their strategic aims and by extension measure their social impact.
  6. Help ventures put a monetary value on their social impact activities (e.g. SROI).
  7. Develop strategies, business plans and help with initial implementation stages including identifying appropriate funding avenues.
  8. Provide relevant training courses that are CPD accredited (face-to-face & online).
  9. Help achieve relevant kitemarks and publish data in peer reviewed Journals including our own Youth Voice Journal.
  10. Support funding applications covering the evaluation side of proposed projects, while also providing tailored services to already resourced programmes.
  11. Support organisations in the public, private and charitable sectors to develop youth-led internal structures and projects including Youth Advisory Boards, youth-led evaluation and youth-led policies.

 

  • What is Social Impact and why maximise and measure it?
    According to Social Enterprise UK, "social impact is the effect of an activity on the social fabric of the community and well-being of individuals and families". Measuring your social impact will help you understand, manage and communicate the social value that your work creates in a clear and consistent way whether you are an individual, a project or an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector. This information can be used for a number of very beneficial purposes including helping you develiver your charitable project or organisational objectives and ambitions.nt

  • Examples of Organisations & Social Ventures that we supported:

  • Our Approach: Tailored | Accredited | Match-funding

    When supporting social ventures, we always try to match fund the costs while tapping into our existing research infrastructures including our international Academic Board and Research Ethics Committee, peer review journal and our publishing arm. We can support funding applications covering the evaluation side of proposed projects, while also providing tailored services to already resourced programmes.

    IARS is a CPD accredited training provider (all our courses and events are accredited with CPD points). Our  training sessions have been developed and are based on extensive research. IARS is an approved member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). This means that IARS reports, publications, evaluation and research strategies adhere to high ethical standards. We have several kitemarks (e.g. Youth Mark), and monitor our own ToC and strategic aims through internal and external evaluation processes.

  • Our Methodology

    Always assessing and taking into consideration the needs of our clients as well as the requirements and the nature of their projects, we offer a tailored approach to their needs that can include:

    • Face-to-face, online and telephone support
    • Allocated staff member who is always supervised by the IARS Founder and Director Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides
    • Qualitative and quantiative based fieldwork (using tools such as focus groups, interviews, observation, questionnaires and surveys).
    • Quantitative evaluation using control or comparison groups to demonstrate causality.
    • Report and Executive Summary with evidence based recommendations for improved practices at the individual, practice and strategic levels
    • Opportunity for a wider circulation and publication through our publishing networks including peer reviewed report of publishable standard and quality reviewed by IARS international Academic Board.

    We use tools such as the Theory of Change (ToC) and the Nesta Standards of Evidence. We do so by aligning them with high academic standards and thus we have a standing, independent and international Academic Board that supports and reviews our work (currently 24 experts).

    Through the ToC, we help social ventures to identify the building blocks required to bring about their long-term goals (inputs - outputs - outcomes) and measure them through appropriate methods such as: evaluation of specific outputs through self-completion questionnaires (e.g. events, volunteering opportunities, training), readers' surveys, pre and post surveys and regular interval surveying, online and face-to-face repeat surveys (e.g for offender or victim support programmes), collecting users' narratives (esp. for interventions), carry out cohort/ panel studies.

    Depending on the NESTA level that the venture is or aspires to progress to, we will help them collect data that will isolate the impact of their services and validate their findings externally. Here, we use control groups, future scenario analysis, data on costs, multiple replication evaluations and fidelity evaluation. At Level 5, demonstrable evidence that their services' positive impact is scalable and Kitemarks are pursued.

  • Ethical Standards

    As independent, evidence-based evaluators and a research-based organisation, we ensure that we follow highly ethical standards always incorporating the following structures in our projects:

    • IARS Research and Ethics Handbook
    • Independent Review by the Ethical Standards Committee of the Editorial Board
    • Self – assessment monitoring of participants
    • Application of ESRC Ethics Framework
    • Data Protection Law
    • Confidentiality and Consent forms.

 

COPE Membership (Committee on Publication Ethics)

IARS is a member of the Committee on Publications Ethics (see: http://www.publicationethics.org/). COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. This means that IARS Publications adheres to high ethical standards in publishing.