Support for Social Enterprise
How we can help
Our experience allows us to help organisations to measure the results of their work and use evidence to learn and improve performance. For social enterprise organisations, this means using the results of their work and impact to inform future decisions and implement quality standards.
Our work with social enterprises
Social enterprises need to balance both their social and financial goals. More and more, they need to provide evidence of the impact and value of their work, as well as ensuring low financial risk and high standards.
Many of the services provided by Charities Evaluation Services are relevant to all types of social organisations and not just charities, but we also have dedicated resources to meet the more specialised needs of social enterprises, community interest companies and industrial and provident societies.
Get better data!
More and more organisations are self-evaluating the work that they do, with a greater emphasis on assessing their outcomes and impact. This means collecting data.
New impact measurement tool launches
Measuring Up! is an online, step-by-step self-assessment tool that enables you to review and improve your organisation’s impact practice – the way you plan, evidence, communicate and learn from the difference your work makes.
Evaluation of PQASSO in Wales Project
CES are looking for an independent consultant to carry out an evaluation of the PQASSO in Wales project. PQASSO is the UK award winning quality standard, which has been developed specifically by and for the third sector.
Value for money: what is it and how to measure it?
In an age of limited funds and tightened belts, the term ‘Value for Money’ has gained popularity across the public and third sectors. But what does Value for Money mean? And how can we even begin to measure it?
Impact Leadership 2014
Impact Leadership 2014 takes place in London on 29th January 2014. This is the essential day for anyone trying to understand the difference their charity or social enterprise makes!
First charity awarded PQASSO Quality Mark at level 3
CES have named The Interlink Foundation as the first UK charity to be awarded the PQASSO Quality Mark at level 3. Interlink is the membership organisation for Orthodox Jewish charities in the UK and supports 200 charity members.
Embedding Impact: A Roundtable Discussion
A recent Roundtable discussion, Embedding Impact, hosted by Big Society Capital on the 10th September 2013 brought together senior staff from 15 social purpose organisations working in different sectors to discuss how to be effective in reliably achieving targeted outcomes and delivering impact.
New CES training - learn the latest from our experts
This autumn, CES are launching a brand new training programme. Our no-nonsense programme will give you the practical skills you need to develop outcome and impact measurement systems that work for you – and your funders.
Measuring up - the results!
This March, 64 organisations tested Measuring up, a brand new impact measurement tool. The tool is part of CES’ work with Inspiring Impact.
CES have been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations.
The Evidence Competition January 2013
All services will improve if they reflect on the effectiveness of their projects. The Project Oracle Evidence Competition will reward youth organisations who are committed to doing just that and who can demonstrate the quality and progress of their evaluation work rather than the outcomes achieved. This competition will champion organisations which are showing their potential impact and sharing it with others.
PQASSO 2nd edition update
From the 31st of December 2012 we will stop accepting applications for the PQASSO Quality Mark (the external accreditation of PQASSO) from organisations using the 2nd edition of PQASSO.
Writing better evaluation reports
Impact measurement is rightly very topical at the moment; it is of course vital to consider how you assess the impact you make through your work.
CES are recruiting
This vacancy is now closed. CES are recruiting for a new Head of Finance.
Outcomes and quality management – making the link
In this thinkpiece from CES, Dr Jean Ellis urges third sector managers to incorporate outcomes assessment into their quality management - in order to learn from their work and achieve greater impact.
Are we accounting for value?
The SROI Network have launched a new website to discuss accounting principles and ask – are we accounting for value?
Inspiring Impact goes live!
Inspiring Impact is a UK-wide collaboration, developed and delivered in partnership with the sector. It has an ambitious ten-year vision: to make high quality impact measurement the norm for charities and social enterprises by 2022.
Improving your funding applications
Has your funding application been unsuccessful? Or are you unsure how to complete the section of the application form on project outcomes, or the section on how you will monitor and evaluate your project?
Measuring social value: avoiding a methodological straightjacket
CES' latest thinkpiece Measuring social value: avoiding a methodological straightjacket is now available to download. In this piece, Dr Jean Ellis argues that while the current drive for third sector organisations to demonstrate social value – for example, by demonstrating their social return on investment - brings monitoring and evaluation methods that fit well with the context of cuts and a market-driven ethos, care should be taken not to devalue less technical approaches.
Monitoring and evaluation in the downturn: doing more not less
Charities Evaluation Services’ have launched their latest thinkpiece Monitoring and evaluation in the downturn: doing more not less. In this piece, Dr Jean Ellis outlines two key arguments about why organisations should put more, rather than less, effort into their monitoring and evaluation – and challenges them to up their game.
Demonstrating results – valuing outcomes
PQASSO is a management tool that helps you to demonstrate – and achieve recognition – that your organisation works both to a high standard and that it achieves excellent outcomes.
Tame that data!
Our article by CES Consultant and Trainer Milla Gregor considers how using the right IT system to support your monitoring and evaluation work can result it more meaningful reporting – helping you to demonstrate the difference you make and improve services.
Third sector performance improvement
Charities Evaluation Services has been at the forefront of third sector performance improvement for over 20 years. Now the sector needs to be ever-more competitive, and CES is helping organisations meet requirements to demonstrate quality, value for money, outcomes and impact. Read more about us and our consultancy, training and technical support services.
Measuring & Evaluating Outcomes In Practice
We would like to invite you to join us at Third Sector's Measuring & Evaluating Outcomes In Practice conference and offer you an exclusive 20% discount - simply quote 'CES' when registering.
Charity insurance offer
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Endsleigh insurance. Our partnership will reward organisations that have achieved the PQASSO Quality Mark by offering awardees a competitive advantage on their insurance arrangements.
FAQ: How to present PQASSO to your board
We're often asked about how organisations should talk to their Board about PQASSO. How should you explain the benefits of using PQASSO, and why the organisation is aiming for the PQASSO Quality Mark?
We want your views!
At CES, we’re always looking to create the best training experience for our clients, and aim to use a variety of training styles to suit different needs. E-learning has become more and more popular over the last few years, and we want to know – what do you think? Have you used e-learning? Did you find it useful? Interesting? Or maybe you found it a waste of time?
Don't reinvent the wheel
Is it time to review your bespoke quality standards? Have you considered replacing your own standards with the nationally recognised PQASSO standards or a PQASSO adaptation?
100th PQASSO Quality Mark awarded
We are pleased to announce that 100 organisations have now successfully achieved the prestigious PQASSO Quality Mark which is endorsed by the Charity Commission and recognised by the Scottish Parliament as a mark of excellence.
New edition of PQASSO in Practice
CES’ hugely popular quality guide - Next steps in quality: PQASSO in practice - has been refreshed and updated to give you all of the latest information on quality and PQASSO.
Prove your worth without it costing the earth
CES' National Performance Programme, has launched Monitoring and Evaluation on a Shoestring. This practical guide is essential reading for charities with limited budgets who want to develop their monitoring and evaluation approach and improve their effectiveness.