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The Social Impact Equation Event

Social Impact Equation event at Belfast City Hall, Northern Ireland
Stephen McGarry from Gauge NI and Maeve Monaghan from NOW were among the speakers at a ‘Social Enterprise means Business with Purpose’ masterclass event hosted by Podiem in Belfast City Hall last week.  Over one hundred people from the private, public and third sectors attended the event hosted in the opulent surroundings of The Banquet Hall to hear from the speakers on how they can measure the impact of their work.
The event was chaired by Maeve Monaghan from NOW who said organisations need to address the ‘so what?’ question and demonstrate the true value of their work to funders and the community. Stephen McGarry from Gauge NI was the first speaker offering an introduction to impact measurement starting with why it is important, how it can benefit an organisation, how they can begin to introduce impact measurement and then how this can be communicated to relevant stakeholders. 
Alan Herron, Director of Playboard NI told the event about their recent impact journey as part of the Inspiring Impact pilot in Northern Ireland. Alan discussed the importance of organisational buy in, in particular from staff that can be initially concerned by the additional workload impact measurement may bring. He went on to explain the benefits Playboard NI have found in measuring their impact, most notably that they have experienced an increase in funding and that the experience has helped the organisation as a whole refocus. 
The final speaker of the morning was Suzanne Wylie, CEO of Belfast City Council. Suzanne began by running through her extremely busy diary for the day and highlighting how all of her meetings had a social impact element to them. She went on to talk about the Belfast Agenda, a 15 year plan to improve citizens health, happiness, wellbeing and empowerment as well as GLL , a charitable social enterprise which has taken over the running of the Belfast City Council leisure centres.
The morning was a great chance to share information and experiences on social impact measurement and it was encouraging to see the appetite for demonstrating impact in Northern Ireland. Gauge NI is a social enterprise that helps organisations understand, measure and communicate their social impact. If you would like to discuss how your organisation can begin to measure your impact please do get in touch on 02890 234414 or
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Gauge NI: 15-17 Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 4GN