Further to this post, I notice that today third sector minister Nick Hurd has said something I wholeheartedly agree with.
In a piece in today’s Third Sector Online Hurd says that although there is a “buzz” in the sector that impact measurement is necessary, he is concerned that:
“[Impact measurement has] become too complicated for the sector. There’s a great profusion of methodologies which confuses people. We as a government should be working with the sector, as the biggest funder, to say ‘What should we be measuring?’ We should be making it easier to measure impact.”
He goes on to say that an additional problem is risk aversion amongst public commissioners of services and that more innovative means of contracting services are required that enable the sector to demonstrate its added value and impact.