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Provider: Hall Aitken

Location:
  • North East

Website: http://www.hallaitken.co.uk/

Contact:paul.buchanan@hallaitken.co.uk

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Organisation overview:

Hall Aitken have offices in Manchester, London and Glasgow. We work with VCSE organisations to create and deliver the maximum social and economic value from your activities. We work on your wavelength, strengthening your opportunities to win further contracts and investment. Our hands-on guidance and bespoke approaches will help you turn your plans into a realistic and sustainable impact management strategy. Our approach is participative and engaging to grow your ability to quantify, report on, increase and ‘get paid for’ your impact. We have developed dynamic tools and engaging approaches to create a Theory of Change and support performance management. We are experienced in financial modelling, programme and service design. We have expertise in building dashboards and we worked with the Social Value UK network to create their SV readiness tool. And we have helped organisations attract investment of up to £500,000.

Case study 1: Home Start Lincolnshire

Sector:

  • Citizenship & community

Focus of project:

  • Programme design / theory of change facilitation
  • Performance management
  • Leadership development
  • Culture change
  • Building impact measurement tools

In 2015 nine Home Start schemes in Lincolnshire merged to form Home Start Lincolnshire, allowing resources to focus on front line services and provide an opportunity to scale up services across the county to meet the potential needs of procurement teams in health and wellbeing.

In 2016, the organisation worked with Hall Aitken for LSF support. Programme design used a diagnostic workshop with staff and trustees. Key to progress was the need to articulate impact using a Theory of Change approach to determine short and long terms to inform new opportunities. The TOC approach demonstrated outcomes relating not only to families and children but also volunteers, for whom there were significant employability benefits, notably women returning to work. Hall Aitken developed a bespoke outcome tool to measure employability and other outcomes to inform and strengthen bids. A marketing campaign included a launch inviting key public-sector partners to identify potential opportunities and build stronger links. Alongside this the organisation was supported to set up a social enterprise to market and manage new wellbeing and employability opportunities.

The organisation has successfully worked as part of a local consortium to secure the new ESF / Big Opportunities training contract for Lincolnshire.

Case study 2: Vista

Sector:

  • Physical health

Focus of project:

  • Programme design / theory of change facilitation
  • Developing impact plans
  • Performance management
  • Building impact measurement tools
  • Reviewing external evidence

VISTA is the leading provider of services to people with sight loss in Leicester.
Our objectives
 Help Vista to collect and analyse data to drive efficiencies and improvements.
 Enable the organisation to maximise and demonstrate social impact for business planning
 Develop the skills, capacity, and systems to improve their performance.
We identified five outcomes within a framework:
 Emotional Wellbeing
 Social Inclusion
 Independence
 Financial Wellbeing, and
 Health
For each of these outcomes there are values generated as people move towards achieving them.
Our approach involved:
 Market assessment
 Theory of Change and an outcomes framework
 Developing a bespoke outcomes measurement tool
 A workshop to develop outcome scales; and
 Finalising the tool
What was achieved:
We developed our Social Value tool to be used by VISTA to make a case for funding. Firstly, it will track individuals who are part of existing interventions to show cost savings to the public purse. This will significantly strengthen the evidence base for the effectiveness of a variety of interventions. Secondly is predictive allowing organisations to show the likely impact of interventions and therefore the likely cost savings they will generate.

Case study 3: Better Leeds Communities

Sector:

  • Citizenship & community

Focus of project:

  • Programme design / theory of change facilitation
  • Developing impact plans
  • Performance management
  • Building impact measurement tools
  • Reviewing external evidence

‘THE SPECIALIST EXPERTISE AVAILABLE FROM HALL AITKEN HAS MEANT THAT THE QUALITY OF WORK HAS EXCEEDED WHAT WE COULD HAVE ACHIEVED INTERNALLY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THEIR SUPPORT AND FEEL WE ARE NOW IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION STRATEGICALLY AND OPERATIONALLY GOING FORWARD.’

BLC creates opportunities that enable people in Leeds to achieve their potential by raising aspirations, removing barriers and developing abilities that lead to a better life. BLC deliver a range of services including advice, social prescribing and activities for children and young people.
Our objectives
Develop a theory of change for BLC to inform strategic planning and evaluation.
Ensure effective systems are in place to enable BLC to evidence and report strategic impact.
What was achieved
A workshop was delivered to enable staff and volunteers to collectively develop the Theory of Change. A review of local needs and opportunities was provided to inform this process. The Theory of Change was then used to develop the evaluation framework and fundraising strategy.
The evaluation framework outlines how various projects contribute to the refined organisational outcomes. The framework identifies relevant indicators and the tools used to measure these. A tool was also designed to enable the organisation to measure social value related to improved wellbeing and increased financial resilience. Recommendations on external impact reporting were also provided.