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Demonstrating the impact of charities

Charities make the world a better place. But they are not always able to evidence this. They need better access to the latest knowledge, the right support and to peers already measuring impact. Solving this problem will improve evaluation in the sector. It will help inform better decision-making. But most importantly, it will help charities deliver on their potential.

The Charity Evaluation Working Group (ChEW) is here to help. We are a network for those interested in measuring the impact of the third sector. Some of us are trained researchers. Some of us are learning on the job. We share our knowledge, ideas and experience with each other.

We began in 2011 as an informal group of likeminded people who wanted to learn from each other over a coffee. From that first meeting of six people, ChEW has grown to over 100 organisational members, ranging from the largest to the smallest charities in the UK. Membership remains free for charities with an annual turnover of below £1m, and only a modest fee towards costs for larger charities.

Our aims remain the same as when we were first founded:

  • Sharing expertise and feedback on the planning, development, commissioning and delivery of evaluations.

  • Facilitating peer-to-peer learning about how evaluations can show impact and drive improvements across charitable interventions.

  • Providing a confidential space to discuss challenges facing evaluation leads within charities.

  • Providing communities of practice for evaluators on particular themes (e.g. working with children, evaluating health interventions).

  • Acting as a ‘force for change’ within the evaluation field. This means using our collective experience to drive forward and improve evaluation practice.

We hope you can join us on our mission to better demonstrate the impact of charities.