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How do we know we're making a difference?

Measuring change event in Manchester

Friday 29 March 10:00am - 4:15pm

Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF

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Book now by contacting Sue Ansarie on 020 3588 0563 or email

About this event

This event is now fully booked.

We know that Big Locals are doing brilliant things, but how does your Big Local know you’re making a difference? And in what way do you share this with your community and other stakeholders so that it means something to them?

‘How do we know we’re making a difference?’ is the first in a series of measuring change learning and networking events which have been developed based on conversations with Big Local areas. This event is for Big Local people on the ground who are making things happen every day. It’s for those people who see and feel the changes in people.

Through this event you will:

  • Develop your Big Local areas’ thinking about the change you want to make and begin to develop a plan to make this happen.
  • Network with and hear from other Big Local areas about how they are measuring the difference they’re making and think about how this might help you in your area.
  • Learn more about the benefits of measuring change, and deciding what to measure, looking at your Big Local plan to help you as a starting point.
  • Understand where to access more support or consider what further support you might need in the future.

We ask for between two and four people from a Big Local area to attend, including at least one resident partnership member, so there can be an in-depth discussion about what it is your Big Local is trying to achieve. Due to the importance of having multiple people from a Big Local attending the event and limited places, you may not be able to attend if you are the only person attending from your area.

Agenda Friday 29 March

Time Description

Registration & refreshments


Introductions - to the day, to each other and to ways of working.


Match the stat

An informal activity to introduce some facts and figures about Big Local, the difference it is making nationally, and think about the role of statistics in measuring and articulating change.


8 out of 10 cats prefer…

A practical and light-hearted look at recognising that what is important to one person may not be to another… and the importance of being clear about what your partnership, collectively, wants to achieve.


Big Local Plans and progress

Sharing examples from each area – what we plan or planned to do, and how will we know we are doing it well. What changes are happening as a result and how do we know?


Lunch and networking


Post-lunch activity (you’ll have to wait and see….!)


Mapping methods for measuring

What methods are we all using to measure change in Big Local areas? An introduction to what is happening already, and sharing some tools you might like to try.


Measuring change part 1: action planning

An exercise teasing out where you want to get to in your area and, working backwards, identify how you will know you are getting there, and how you will measure the difference it is making.Each area will come away with an individual plan of action.


Measuring change part 2: how will we know it’s working?

Impact, Indicators of success and evidence collection - and how it feeds back into the planning stage. Exploring what we can do to analyse, harness and gather data to inform change, and how people might get involved




Resources and support to help you

Learn more about Local Trust's offer of support and what's available to you... A chance to think about what you might need.


Recap and Reflections


Course evaluation


Thanks and close

More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area and we will provide lunch. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. We can also book and pay for travel in advance. For information on expenses and support, please email us or phone 020 3588 0565

If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances. Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

Spaces are first come, first served. Due to the importance of having multiple people from a Big Local attending the event and limited places, you may not be able to attend if you are the only person attending from your area.

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