The UTS Social Impact Toolbox is empowering organisations to evaluate their social impact in a way that is reliable, accessible and free.
In Australia, many not-for-profits feel that measuring impact is too hard or too expensive or both. This partly reflects the current situation where Social Impact Measurement services have been captured by expensive consultancies and access to validated instruments are locked behind paywalls. The project aims to build the capacity of the not-for-profit sector through democratising access to the validated tools, resources and methodologies needed to evaluate and communicate social impact.
By building the capacity of the sector we can develop a common language of evaluation, empower small to medium organisations, and take the anxiety and expense out of mastering the practice of evaluation.
In July of 2018, UTS Business School partnered with Bendigo Bank to develop Australia’s first ‘Social Impact Toolbox’. In September 2019 we launched the website housing a free online repository of planning templates and validated measures, indicators and tools, and digital courses to measure the social impact of Australia’s not-for-profit sector.
This project is about democratising knowledge through the provision of free quality digital offerings to enhance the capacity of the not-for-profit sector. In doing so, the project aims to change the way the sector thinks about and practices impact measurement.