Cross-sector group publishes the Principles of Good Impact Reporting

15th March 2012

A cross sector group has today launched the Principles of Good Impact Reporting for charities and social enterprises. As organisations face greater demands from donors, funders and service users to demonstrate their impact, clear, effective reporting is more important than ever.

By using the principles, charities and social enterprises can have a strong influence on how they are perceived and can help to shift the prevailing focus away from concerns about administration costs or chief executives’ salaries, and towards what really matters: the difference they make in people’s lives.

The principles give organisations of all sizes a clear set of guidance on how they should communicate their impact, and what they should communicate.

Chief executive of Scope, Richard Hawkes said: “As an organisation that exists to bring about changes in society we want to be able to motivate our beneficiaries, our supporters and ourselves to constantly progress towards a world where disabled people have the same opportunities to fulfill their ambitions as everyone else. Having a clear understanding of the changes that need to happen and our role in bringing about those changes is crucial. Measuring and reporting on the impact of these changes in a clear and accessible way will focus our activities and enable everyone to engage in the debate. The difference some changes make will be easy to demonstrate, others will be subtle, incremental or effected over longer timescales. So it is all the more important that we are able to say ‘This change, makes this difference, this is why and this is our role in it’.

A draft version of the principles was released in October 2011 for consultation. The new principles have drawn on responses to the consultation, which included representatives from charities, social enterprises and funding organsiations. In essence they have been developed by the sector, for the sector. CFG, NPC and ACEVO, originally responsible for coordinating the principles, have also published a separate good practice guide which aims to give examples as to how the principles can be applied.

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Notes to Editors:

1. The organisations that have published the Principles of Good Impact Reporting are: CFG, NPC, ACEVO, ImpACT Coalition, SROI Network, Small Charities Coalition, Institute of Fundraising, NCVO, Social Enterprise UK.

2. Follow us on Twitter: #IRprinciples

3. CFG, NPC and ACEVO have also published today ‘Principles into Practice: How charities and social enterprises communicate impact’. This publication incorporates a selection of case studies and articles which draw on aspects of the Principles of Good Impact Reporting and explore the themes in more detail. The publication is kindly sponsored by Grant Thornton and PS Financials and is being launched today at an event hosted by Grant Thornton.

4. For further information contact CFG policy and public affairs officer, Katherine Smithson at katherine.smithson@cfg.org.uk on 0207 250 8347.

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