The impact hub

A searchable database concerning impact practice

WHAT IS IT?

The Impact Hub was created for Inspiring Impact by Substance. It is a fully searchable database to help you find what’s out there to help you improve your impact practice.

It fits well with Measuring Up! and directs you to tools and resources to enable you to put your action plan into practice.

The Impact Hub contains a range of materials categorised by type – from diagnostic tools and outcome measures to research reports and public datasets. You can also search by sector (“young people” and “education and learning” are two examples), by format (paper-based, for example) and by cost.

Each entry has a brief overview, with more information sitting behind it. This includes a link to where the item can be found or purchased, a star rating indicating the level of training and/or expertise required, and an option to review the item.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can email Inspiring Impact to ask for assistance, and you can also recommend a resource if it’s not already included.

IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

The Impact Hub is a useful database that brings together a range of resources to support impact and evaluation practice. It draws together the resources of the partners within Inspiring Impact, so is a very helpful first port of call rather than having to search their websites individually.  It is particularly useful to be able to progress on from Measuring Up!, and find tools and resources to help you put your plan into action.

The Impact Hub does not contain a large amount of tools and resources specific to work with young people yet. Equally, the rating function is not widely used at present, so it’s not possible to see what other providers think of specific resources. However, it is worth looking around the entire database, as there will always be significant cross-over between ‘sectors’, and you may well find an interesting and helpful tool that you were unfamiliar with.

Particularly useful is the section on research and guidance – these sorts of documents are not pulled together as frequently as practical tools, but they are well worth a read if you’re trying to develop your own knowledge.

Searching the Impact Hub will take some time, but it’s worth spending this time to look at what’s available. It only contains a small proportion of the measurement tools available (simply because there are so many) and without the user ratings completed, it’s hard to get a sense of how well-used different resources are. There’s no obvious place for outcomes frameworks.