Masterclass series from nef consulting

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Where:nef offices, 3 Jonathan Street, Vauxhall, London SE11 5NH, United Kingdom

When:8th October 2013 until 14 Nov 2013 — from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Creating a theory of change 

nef has developed proven templates to run storyboard exercises in workshops and focus groups in a range of settings, gathering data directly from service users. nef consulting has constructed theories of change for a range of programmes. We have found that the best SROI analyses are underpinned by strong theories of change developed early in the research process.

The course covers:
• The need for a theory of change in SROI analysis.
• When and where to use the approach, and with whom.
• Suggested process for engaging stakeholders, running workshops.
• Similarities/differences with logic models/frameworks, outcomes/impact maps.
• Writing and visualising the theory of change.
• Testing and verifying your theory of change.
• Communicating and presenting the results.

Next masterclass

London- 8th October 2013

nef offices, 3 Jonathan Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5NH

Measuring the difference you make

This course provides in-depth and practical ‘how to’ guidance on outcomes measurement. We will discuss how to define appropriate indicators from a theory of change which capture change over time (“distance travelled”), and how to integrate data results into an SROI analysis. We will share examples of where measurement has been particularly successful, and the factors which encourage monitoring and evaluation to be integrated as part of programme delivery.

The course assumes working knowledge of SROI. The course will cover:

  • Refresher: The definition, measurement and valuation of outcomes in SROI
  • Moving from binary constructions (yes/no) to distance-travelled measures
  • Overview of existing outcomes data collection tools, including an introduction to the Outcomes
  • Consideration of financial proxies in defining appropriate distance-travelled outcomes
  • Approaches to deadweight and attribution for distance-travelled measures
  • Tips for organising and managing systematic data collection
  • Options for integrating distance-travelled tools into an SROI model

Next masterclass:

London - 22nd October 2013

nef offices, 3 Jonathan Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5NH

Applying financial values to impact

Learn about the latest developments in valuation, and build your confidence and competence through practical exercises to find, select and employ appropriate financial proxies, which will strengthen your SROI. You don’t need to be an expert in maths, but it will help to have some experience in manipulating numbers.

The course will cover:

  • Why valuation can be a useful step in SROI and socio-economic analysis
  • Overview of commonly used valuation techniques
  • Jargon buster: “contingent valuation”, “revealed preference”, “willingness-to-pay” etc.
  • Best practice in proxy research and selection
  • Options for running your own valuation exercise
  • Valuing well-being and soft outcomes
  • Learn about nef’s Common Currency research and its application to valuation

Next masterclass

London- 7th November 2013

nef offices, 3 Jonathan Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5NH

Building systems to model your impact

The course will look at how your SROI model can incorporate distance travelled outcomes data, address benefit periods of outcomes occurring with differential duration. Staying grounded in reality, we will show how a socio-economic model can be built to reflect divergent theories of change among beneficiary groups for an intervention. Refining measures of impact (deadweight, attribution and displacement) will also be addressed.

The course assumes a working knowledge of SROI and will cover:

  • Best practice tips for clear and transparent model architecture
  • Shortcuts and formulae for efficient use of Microsoft Excel
  • Advanced practice statistical techniques for capturing complex change in social outcomes
  • Assigning values to distance-travelled indicators
  • Integrating negative deadweight and negative outcomes data into models
  • Constructing a data dashboard for communication of results.

Next masterclass

London - 14th November 2013

For more information visit the masterclass page on the nef consulting website here

Contact Jenny Rouse with any questions, on 020 7820 6329 [email protected].uk.