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Building Capacity on vInspired’s 24/24 programme

Background

The 24/24 programme is managed by vInspired and funded by the Department of Education (DfE). It is designed to give young people a qualification, work experience and experience of volunteering with the aim to get them into education, employment or training; and to increase their confidence, raise their aspirations and build an attainable and long-term personal development plan.

As part of this package of support, vInspired seek to offer providers a range of relevant training options, to help build capacity both within programme timescales and ultimately to help ensure the longer-term sustainability of the provider organisations.

In order to design and shape this package of support, vInspired asked OPM to work with all the 24/24 providers to undertake a needs assessment of their organisation across three areas: evaluation, fundraising and social media.

What we did

The focus of the capacity building was to support partners in demonstrating the impact of their work, effectively communicating the difference they made and to develop this into an effective case for financial support. To do this, OPM designed three short diagnostic online surveys to identify providers’ priority areas for additional capacity building in:

  • Evaluation training needs;
  • Social media needs; and
  • Fundraising needs.

OPM then worked with external experts commissioned by vInspired to develop bespoke training and support that would enable providers to meet these key developmental priorities.

Impact

The feedback from partners involved in OPM’s capacity building programme was extremely positive. 100 percent of participants said they felt OPM’s capacity building work improved their overall understating of economic assessment, likewise 100% of those involved felt the training provided had improved their evaluation planning.

Overall, OPM designed training and support programmes to help providers include skills in five key areas:

  • Demonstrate the economic value of their work;
  • Develop a tailored evaluation plan (including impact indicators);
  • Develop a case for financial support, for presentation to future funders/developing positive relationships with funders and donors;
  • Develop an effective digital strategy; and
  • Use social media for fundraising, both to attract potential funders and to engage with current funders.