The IMPACT principles set out the high-level approach to evidence and evaluation that the Strategy wants to embed in all organisations at all levels. They have been developed to encourage organisations across the sector to publicly commit to building the evidence base and ensuring that robust evidence is at the heart of everything they do. Signatories to the IMPACT principles will act as impact champions and will help to share and embed best practice across the sector.
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Make an IMPACT:
Principles for Financial Capability funders and providers
You are an IMPACT champion: you consider evidence and evaluation at every stage of commissioning and delivering your financial capability programme(s). This includes factoring evidence of need and what works into funding decisions, building evaluation in from the start of new interventions, and sharing your effective evidence and evaluation practice with others.
Mind the gap
When making decisions about the programme(s) you fund or deliver, you take into account the ‘gaps’ in current provision and knowledge about what works. This ensures that your initiatives complement programme(s) that are already being delivered, and will enable you to focus research and evaluation activity on filling key gaps in knowledge about the most effective approaches for different groups.
Properly resource it
You allocate sufficient resources to impact and process evaluation activity to ensure it is high quality and that the findings are reliable. You also make sure the scale of the evaluation is proportionate to the programme(s) in question. If you are a funder, this involves building resource for evaluation into funding arrangements.
Add to the wider evidence base
You are committed to sharing evaluation findings about what has worked well and less well from the evaluation of your programme(s) with the wider financial capability sector through the Financial Capability Evidence Hub (and other channels). This involves sharing information on the nature of the programme(s) or initiative you deliver, the resources required to deliver it, the number of people it reaches, as well as what impact it has had.
Consistency when measuring outcomes
You use the Financial Capability Outcome Frameworks when developing your new programme evaluations (unless there is a clear justification for not doing so). This will help to improve consistency in the way the sector measures its impact and will enable stronger conclusions to be made about the most effective means of improving people’s financial capability.
Take time to understand the results and their implications
You learn from, and act on, lessons from your evaluations to ensure you continuously improve the programme(s) you fund or deliver. You use the evaluation findings to help adapt and refine ongoing initiatives, as well as to inform the design and commissioning of new ones. You change demonstrably as a result of what you have learnt, showing that you are a true IMPACT champion.
Support for signatories
The Money Advice Service is currently developing a support offering for IMPACT champions to embed these Principles. Once finalised this website will be updated with further details.
Signatories will also benefit from:
- Opportunities for external profile building by positioning their organisation as a thought leader in this space.
- Increased brand recognition in relation to corporate social responsibility.
- The ability to better demonstrate how their work is informing the UK Financial Capability Strategy.