Shared measurement

Shared measurement involves charities working towards similar goals reaching a common understanding of what to measure, and developing the tools to do so.

Shared measurement involves organisations working on similar issues developing a common understanding of what to measure and developing measurement tools that can be used by charities, social enterprises and funders working towards similar goals.

It can promote a systemic approach to understanding the issues a sector aims to tackle and learn what works best to solve social problems.


The benefits of shared measurement

Saves time and resources

By using outcomes, indicators and tools that have already been developed and tested, you don’t need to dedicate your own time and resources to developing and testing them.

Improves standards of impact measurement

Many organisations using the same measures ensures more transparency in methodology and results. It also leads to a consistent quality of methods and therefore of data.

Promotes systems thinking

It encourages organisations to think about how different interventions addressing the same issues can work alongside each other to bring about social change.

Understanding what works

If the data is analysed and held in one place, it allows organisations working in the same sector to develop an evidence base of what works in the sector.

Stronger voice

The evidence of what works in the sector can help make the case for funding or policy interventions.


Data Diagnostic

The data diagnostic asks 10 multiple choice questions about what your programme or service is, how it works and who it targets. It then provides a tailored report that discusses what kind of data you should consider collecting and how.

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What to collect

These guides will help you understand what data you need to show your impact and what data you already have.

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