Measuring social impact across programs is easier with reporting software

Measuring social impact across programs makes it easier to share meaningful insights. Here’s how to record, review and report on performance indicators across your portfolio to scale community outcomes.

The need for a holistic view of outcome data

Funding organisations, from non-profits and government departments to philanthropic corporates and foundations, all realise the need to report on the impact of their programs. The key to unlocking the power of impact reports comes from measuring social impact across programs. That means rolling up outputs from across your projects to easily communicate the sum of your portfolio’s parts. But why is this necessary, and how should you go about it?

The truth is that communicating impact data is increasingly relevant to managing stakeholder relationships. And this is true regardless of the sector you operate in. Measuring individual project outcomes against your broader targets is a great way to make social impact data meaningful and manageable. Then, once you’ve established these connections between individual outcomes and your organisation’s mission, you’re just a stone’s throw from turning this information into a digestible impact report.

Discover the best ways to communicate these details with the Enquire Lifecycle Management System to ensure you maintain the relationships essential to delivering continuous community outcomes.

Measuring social impact across programs just got easier

measuring social impact across programs

Enquire’s vertical hierarchy makes it easy to manage the funding programs, rounds and projects throughout your portfolio.  By connecting data across these tiers, Enquire simplifies and streamlines complex lifecycle management processes – such as linking project costs to contract milestones and reviewing this financial data at the program level.

With Enquire, users have even more control and convenience over their configurable impact and performance indicators. Enquire users can tell stronger stories about their program outcomes with aggregated indicator data. This also makes it easier to extract indicator data from the system for your external reporting requirements. Let’s take a look at how our results aggregation features and indicator-centric single click report work.

An overview of Enquire’s results aggregation

The results feature allows you to manage reporting indicators across the hierarchy of your portfolio. This means you can easily capture key data from one facet of your larger funding program and show how it relates to your organisation’s mission. By enabling you to draw results down from higher tiers, say from the funding round level down to the individual grant or project level, you are able to request that delivery agents report against these specific indicators.

Moving back up Enquire’s vertical hierarchy you will see rolled up targets and actuals under their respective program or round. This gives you a clear snapshot of a particular indicator’s overall progress to date. This view can also highlight particularly successful projects, or those that may require additional guidance. Likewise, this aggregated grant outcome data is extremely useful for reporting back to an organisation’s external funders. This helps organisations paint the clearest possible image of their results, and their impactful management of those funds. These reports are the key to securing the repeat future funding that enables for-purpose organisations to scale their programs. Impact reporting therefore lends these organisations an important edge in the increasingly competitive social impact funding landscape.

It is also possible, at say the project level, to see which indicators have been drawn down from higher tiers and which have been achieved outside of contractual or planned requirements. This a great way to identify and report uncontracted project targets and actuals up to the round or program level.

Reporting on social impact outcomes across your entire portfolio

Enquire also contains a number of single click reports, such as the indicator results report which makes it easier than ever to get indicator data into your business intelligence and analytics tools. It works by extracting the indicator data from across your programs, rounds, and projects. This is an extremely convenient way to save and record all the indicators throughout your portfolio in one clear view.

With Enquire it’s now easier than ever to manage your reporting indicators by

  • Creating and contracting indicators at a parent level e.g. round, and then drawing these indicators down to the project level
  • Reporting at the project level and seeing rolled up targets and actuals at the parent round level – making it easier to assess how projects are performing relative to one another and the broader round-level targets
  • Identifying where indicators have been drawn from – providing a clear overview of which outcomes were achieved outside of contracted targets
  • Exporting all indicator data with a new one click report that extracts data from throughout your portfolio

Now it’s your turn to start measuring social impact across programs

Enquire connects more business process data throughout your funding portfolio. By doing so, we make it easier to share your social impact story.

Are you working the social impact sector and looking to try these features for yourself? You can do so for free with this self-guided product tour.

If you’re a current Enquire user and are interested in exploring how these features could be used at your organisation – please contact the support team.

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