Measuring Social Impact

A two-day course in partnership with NEF Consulting, providing an intensive introduction to social impact measurement.

Measuring Social Impact at SSE

As well as making your organisation more attractive to funders, being able to measure social impact will enable you to measure the effectiveness of your organisation, to benchmark with your competition and allow you to see where improvements can be made.

This two-day Measuring Social Impact course is jam packed full of the information that you need to measure your impact successfully.


What you’ll learn from this course

  • What is social impact and why should we measure it?
  • How to engage with stakeholders when measuring social impact
  • Understanding outcomes
  • How to measure well-being
  • Developing your ‘Theory of Change’
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • Resources to help you measure social impact
  • Social impact measurement tools
  • Best practice case studies and examples of social impact

Read 5 key lessons from our Measuring Social Impact course

The course is run in partnership with NEF Consulting, industry leaders who work with organisations to prove and improve the value of what they do to drive stronger decision-making and deliver better outcomes for their customers, clients and communities.

Measuring Social Impact testimonial

Katie Upton, Jobs, Friends and Houses CIC

“Course materials were clear and concise, the activities were engaging and sometimes entertaining, and the follow-up info sent out is great. I came back to work feeling refreshed and reinvigorated to implement some new working practices – and, crucially, confident to do so.”

Who should attend

Anyone keen to learn how and why to measure social impact!  No prior knowledge is required.  Previous participants have included:

  • Development Officer, P3 Social Inclusion Charity
  • Chief Exec, Scottish Waterways Trust
  • Chief Officer, Rural Action Yorkshire
  • Resident Involvement Manager, Paragon Housing
  • Senior Project Officer, NUS
  • Evaluations Officer, Bow Arts Trust
  • CSR Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • Chief Exec, Nottingham Care Partnership
  • Commerical Manager, Spurgeons
  • Change Manager, Cafod


If you aren’t sure that the course is right for you give us a call on 020 7089 9120 and we can discuss it with you in more detail.

Jacqui King

Jacqui King, The Salvation Army

“Excellent content and delivery. A really supportive and inclusive approach. Thank you! ”

What do participants say?

“The facilitator was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. The course offered a good balance of case studies, group coaching, peer learning and customisable exercises.  Course material was very well devised” Naomi Bulliard, UAL

“Honestly one of the best courses I have ever attended. Excellent trainer, expertly delivered” Sarah Hulm, Break

“Best course I have ever been on. So challenging and stimulating – it really pushed me and inspired me to see my data and impact differently” Sally Pembrooke, Unicorn Theatre

“Really good pace, knowledgeable and engaging trainer and a complex topic in an interactive and safe way” Alison Navarro, Sutton CVS

“The flexibility of delivery in allowing the group to discuss and exchange ideas meant that I learnt a lot more about how social impact maps onto everything else in an organisation” Alix Lewer, Include

“Enjoyed the course very much. I feel less overwhelmed by impact and understand the importance of simplicity” Roxanna Locke, Equity Housing

Location and price

The course takes place at our offices in The Fire Station, 139 Tooley St, London Bridge:

For this two-day course plus all course materials you pay:

  • SSE Students / Fellows / Associate Fellows £320
  • Organisations with a turnover up to £1m £360
  • Organisations with a turnover over £1m £410

Dates + Timings

The course runs over two consecutive days. Upcoming dates for the course are:


10th – 11th August 2017 SOLD OUT

16th – 17th November 2017 SOLD OUT

26th – 27th February 2018 PLACES AVAILABLE

19th – 20th April 2018 PLACES AVAILABLE

11th – 12th July 2018 PLACES AVAILABLE

15th – 16th November 2018 PLACES AVAILABLE

6th – 7th Feb 2019 PLACES AVAILABLE


Measuring Social Impact runs from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

How to book

First, select the date you wish to attend below. You will be asked for your name, email address and telephone number.  Once you have entered these, select your price category and click ‘proceed to payment’.

You will be given the option to pay immediately online with a credit or debit card (make sure you have one to hand!), or you can select ‘pay by invoice’ and our finance team will be in touch with an invoice.

If you have any questions about the booking process please contact SSE’s Sales and Marketing Manager David McGlashan on 020 7089 9120 or email

Book your place

For 26 Feb, 2018
For 19 Apr, 2018
For 11 Jul, 2018
For 15 Nov, 2018
For 6 Feb, 2019
Alison Freeman, course facilitator

Alison Freeman, course facilitator

The course will be led by Alison Freeman, of NEF Consulting. Alison has a strong background in triple bottom line and sustainable value measurement, and likes to work on projects where environmental, well-being and community factors need embedding into decision processes. As co-ordinator of all NEF Consulting’s training and capacity building services, Alison is a skilled learning and development practitioner. Her trademark is designing courses that grow both participant’s technical ability in evaluation as well as their personal leadership.