Social Value ALS

Social Value Action Learning Programme

Expression of Interest Form

Social Value ALS Meeting Schedule

New for 2014 is our ‘Social Value Action Learning Programme’ which aims to take a group of VCOs and social enterprises through the ‘real time’ process of measuring their social impact.

Ten places are available for Solihull organisations that are eager to evidence their added value but perhaps have struggled to get started or feel overwhelmed by the process. Register your interest, complete the Expression of Interest Form.

The programme will be facilitated by CEFS advisers and social value practitioners Dave Lane and Ranjit Bansal: “We’ll be using ‘action learning’ to help participants gain the tools and confidence to undertake their first impact measurement exercise. The objective is for each organisation to have completed a study from scoping to reporting or have made considerable progress towards this goal. Crucially, we aim to embed the knowledge and skills within the group so that peer support develops and members are able to integrate what they learn within their own organisations for future cycles of social value measurement.”

What is action learning?

Action Learning involves forming a group of people who go through a structured and facilitated cyclical process to address complicated issues and learn from one another. In a confidential group setting, the members use listening, sharing and questioning to explore problems and generate insights and actions, which can be very motivational for each member. Click on the diagram above for the Action Learning Cycle.

What can I expect to gain?

Participants will gain practical understanding and first hand experience of social impact measurement tailored to their organisations. The programme will provide the learning but also the space and momentum to implement and take action. There is a rich organisational and personal development opportunity for everyone.

What will be covered?

The programme will takes the form of an ‘Action Learning Set’ that meets regularly is attended by the same group of participants. Seven meetings will be held in total from March 2014-15. Each meeting will focus on a particular stage in the impact measurement cycle supplemented with some theoretical input. See below for details of the meeting schedule.

Programme overview:

  • March: Kick off session – introduction to social value & action learning programme
  • May: Scoping, indicators & outcomes
  • July: Evidencing & valuing
  • September: Establishing impact
  • November: Analysis of impact
  • January 2015: Reporting & marketing results
  • March 2015: Review & evaluation

What level of commitment is required?

Enrolment requires a 12 month commitment from participants which involves a half-day meeting on a bi-monthly basis, plus impact measurement activity within own organisation between sessions.

Is it for me?

The programme is ideally suited to senior staff that have the responsibility and, importantly, the capacity to see through the process. No prior knowledge or experience of impact measurement is necessary. In some circumstances it may be possible to allow up to two people per organisation to join the programme.

Eligibility and terms

All places are fully funded by the Community Enterprise for Success programme for civil society organisations based in Solihull and meeting the eligibility criteria (see page 10).

How do I register?

If you are interested in joining the Social Value Action Learning Programme, complete the Expression of Interest Form by 7 February. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further details about the programme call 0121 667 6810.