Course Content

This is an Intermediate level course

Understanding the impact of your work is fundamental to planning, income generation and marketing – and much more. Collecting information on how things are going and then analysing the data to see if everything is going to plan is important. Ideally, you will be planning this even before the project or service begins, maybe even before you apply for the funding. This course will start by going through how to design a system to measure your outcomes, specifically:

  • Outputs, outcomes and impacts
  • Understanding what funders want; what are you measuring
  • Direct and indirect outcomes
  •  SMARTA targets
  • Techniques for measuring what happens
  • Who does what


This course is suitable for people with some knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, for instance if you have looked at Why measuring the impact you make is important (see below).


Pricing options

Click on the link about to sign up as a DCA member and access the discounted rate.

Charging policy

To discuss a sponsoring partnership contact academy@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk

We aim to provide as much free, accessible material as possible. DCA offers courses free or at lower cost where we have obtained funding or sponsorship Some resources are offered on a paid-for basis so that we can cover our costs and continue to provide this material to community groups, charities or social companies. We are able to offer a lower price to DCA members because of the membership fees they have paid. (Please do not click on the discounted rate unless you are sure that your organisation is a member.) On average a course costs us about £300 to create and your support is appreciated. You can donate any amount towards our work using the link below or sponsor our work through a partnership agreement which has benefits for both organisations. We are a registered charity and our number is 1060910.