Prove and Improve Tools

Building on research from the New Economics Foundation, NEF Consulting offers tools and resources to prove and improve the impact of social enterprises and other mission-driven organisations and projects. Proving and Improving – a quality and impact toolkit for social enterprise guides you through the process, from choosing and approach to ‘proving and improving’ to identifying the tools and methods that can be most useful for your organisation.

NEF Consulting is now making the contents of the toolkit available online. Once you’ve browsed the contents of the toolkit, you’ll be ready to learn how to apply NEF Consulting’s tools and approaches to build capacity and create change with our range of training options.

The contents of the Proving and Improving toolkit are gradually being reviewed and brought online. Check in over the coming weeks as more content becomes available.


  1. Who is this toolkit for?
  2. Proving & improving
  3. Why prove & improve?
  4. Take ownership
  5. About the project
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Project credits

Get Started – The Ten Elements

  1. Introduction
  2. Your motivation
  3. Your vision
  4. Stakeholders
  5. Impact Map
  6. Your indicators
  7. Make a plan
  8. Collect data
  9. Analyse information
  10. Sharing information
  11. Learning and Action


  1. Introduction
  2. Tools Charts
  3. AA1000AS
  4. The Big Picture
  5. Co-operativesUK CESPIs
  6. DTA Fit for Purpose
  7. Eco-mapping
  8. EFQM Model
  9. EMAS
  10. GRI Guidelines
  11. Investors in People
  12. ISO 9001:2008
  13. Local Multiplier 3
  14. PQASSO
  15. Prove It!
  16. Quality First
  17. SIMPLE
  18. Social Accounting
  19. S.E Balanced Scorecard
  20. SROI
  21. Star Social Firm
  22. Third Sector Performance Dashboard
  23. Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit

Measuring Impact

  1. Introduction
  2. What to measure
  3. How to measure
  4. Develop good indicators
  5. Gather information
  6. Compare research methods
  7. Analyse the information
  8. Sample indicators bank
  9. Social indicators: individuals
  10. Social indicators: communities
  11. Environmental indicators
  12. Economic indicators



Essential information on more than 20 tools and methods that can help you to prove and improve your organisation’s quality and impact are currently being added to this website but you can, until April 2017, find the information here.

Tool Decider and Comparison Charts

The Decider and Comparison Charts are designed to be used together, offering an overview of approaches to measuring impact and quality. The charts feature more than 20 tools compared for quick reference.

An A3 sized wall chart to help identify the best tools suited to your organisation and your performance management needs.
Download here.

An A3 sized chart with more detail on each of the tools in the Toolkit and in the Tools For You book.
Download here.


Provides the fundamentals of measuring the outcomes and impacts of your work and help on developing your own indicators.

For more information on Proving and Improving click here.

Prove It!

The Prove It! toolkit helps in evaluating your community project by:

  • Involving volunteers and beneficiaries in telling their project’s story.
  • Looking beyond the ‘easy-to-count’ to the important changes for the participants and their communities.
  • Investigating how change takes place, and how to improve impact.
  • Sharing and building on the learning gained from peoples’ experiences of taking part.

Prove It!  draws from a decade of NEF’s work in participation and evaluation. For more information click here.