Impact Growth case study: Home Start Lincolnshire

Sector: Citizenship & community

Focus of project:

  • Programme design / theory of change facilitation
  • Performance management
  • Leadership development
  • Culture change
  • Building impact measurement tools

In 2015 nine Home Start schemes in Lincolnshire merged to form Home Start Lincolnshire, allowing resources to focus on front line services and provide an opportunity to scale up services across the county to meet the potential needs of procurement teams in health and wellbeing.

In 2016, the organisation worked with Hall Aitken for LSF support. Programme design used a diagnostic workshop with staff and trustees. Key to progress was the need to articulate impact using a Theory of Change approach to determine short and long terms to inform new opportunities. The TOC approach demonstrated outcomes relating not only to families and children but also volunteers, for whom there were significant employability benefits, notably women returning to work. Hall Aitken developed a bespoke outcome tool to measure employability and other outcomes to inform and strengthen bids. A marketing campaign included a launch inviting key public-sector partners to identify potential opportunities and build stronger links. Alongside this the organisation was supported to set up a social enterprise to market and manage new wellbeing and employability opportunities.

The organisation has successfully worked as part of a local consortium to secure the new ESF / Big Opportunities training contract for Lincolnshire.

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