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Provider: Iridescent Ideas

Location:
  • South West

Website: http://www.iridescentideas.com/

Contact:gareth@iridescentideas.com

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Organisation overview:

Iridescent Ideas CIC is a social enterprise providing business advice. Our vision is a social enterprise company. We have three aims:

1. Providing business support: including advice on social impact that helps to create and grow social enterprises
2. Shaping the future: to see more social enterprises creating wealth and jobs and tackling social and environmental issues
3. Influence: to influence policy-making to help grow a social enterprise economy.

Our services cover four main areas: starting up social enterprises, support with finding finance, growing social enterprises and proving social impact. Our impact services include: developing social impact frameworks; creating social impact reports; helping organisations market their impact and undertaking project and organisational evaluation.

We were delighted to be a "Highly Commended" finalist in the Social Impact Category at SEUK's Social Enterprise Awards 2016. We were a finalist in the Social Enterprise Mark's national 'Making a Mark' Social Impact Award in 2016.

We are a full delivery partner in the £1.5 million, EU funded, Enhance Social Enterprise programme for Devon and Somerset. We deliver social impact expertise. We are approved providers to the Heart of the South West Growth Hub for social enterprise business advice.

We are partners in a Plymouth City Council contract to deliver business planning and social enterprise support: delivering regular workshops and advice on social impact management, development and reporting. We deliver social impact management workshops for the Schools for Social Entrepreneurs in Devon and Cornwall and for Seedbed - a £1.2 million social venture incubator funded by the Cabinet Office. Key examples of our work are:

1. Why impact? White paper on social impact reporting written in 2014, nationally researched by us.
2. Eden Project Big Lunch Extras: we did an impact critique for this £2 million national scheme.
3. Livewell Southwest - we have written a social impact report for the UK's largest health and social care provider.

Case study 1: Eden Project

Sector:

  • Citizenship & community

Focus of project:

  • Developing impact plans
  • Performance management
  • Data management & analysis
  • Building impact measurement tools

Evaluation and impact critique for the c£2 million national Big Lunch Extras programme.

Initial outcomes:

1. Critique of Eden’s qualitative and quantitative impact methodologies.
2. Evaluation of Eden’s annual reports on the Big Lunch Extras programme
3. Interviews with staff to improve impact and evaluation methods.

Final outcomes:

1. A more robust impact framework was in place, enabling Eden to exceed the funders outcomes
2. Our work improved Eden’s outcome reporting - plans were put in place to report more effectively.
3. The evaluation helped Eden win continued funding of £3.5 million.

Case study 2: Bristol Community Ferries

Sector:

  • Employment, training & education

Focus of project:

  • Programme design / theory of change facilitation
  • Developing impact plans
  • Performance management
  • Data management & analysis
  • Developing new products and services
  • Building impact measurement tools

We created the first social impact report for the only community owned ferry boat service in the UK. This helped them to capture, communicate and celebrate their impact. The work involved reviewing organizational approaches and overall strategic vision to ensure impact is understood and captured throughout the organization.

Bristol Community Ferry Boats won a Power to Change bid of £257k for a new electric boat and support for outreach workers. Our social impact report was a key part of strengthening their bid, following initial feedback from Power to Change.

Case study 3: Pop Ideas

Sector:

  • Employment, training & education

Focus of project:

  • Developing impact plans
  • Performance management
  • Data management & analysis
  • Culture change
  • Building impact measurement tools

We were commissioned to measure the impact of a funding advice contract in Plymouth. We were asked to look at:

• Money brought in to the city as a result of the advice
• Return on Council’s investment
• Output data to match specification
• Outcome data via an online survey

The evidence of the impact report helped Pop Ideas secure an £80,000 contract from Plymouth City Council to continue the contract for several years.