3. Learn

Learn how to create your Impact Practice action plan.

By this point, you should be familiar with the Cycle, pledged your support to the Code and completed all 4 sections of Measuring up. It’s likely that it will have taken your organisation at least 3 months to get to this stage, but this is where you can really start to do things that embed good practice within your group.


1. Developing your Impact Practice action plan


Completing Measuring Up! will automatically generate a semi-populated action plan, that you can download into an Excel spreadsheet. It’ll include all the comments you put into Measuring Up! We recommend you add to this to form a comprehensive action plan to help you prioritise what you’re going to do first, and how, to keep you on track.


Don’t be disheartened if your first self-assessment brings up a number of issues across different areas. The aim of Measuring Up! is not to get as many ‘greens’ as possible, but to identify priorities for your organisation.


How to prioritise your actions

Focus on actions in the PLAN section. If there are a number of areas to improve in this section, prioritise the earlier criteria in PLAN. Once you have thought about any action to develop within PLAN, you can move on to looking at actions within DO, ASSESS and REVIEW.

To help you prioritise appropriate actions for your group, consider:

What is essential to your mission?

Is it relevant to you right now?

Is it proportional and realistic? Do you have the capacity to do this?

Is this to support a short- or long-term goal?

Are there any barriers to doing this? How could you overcome any barriers?


Set SMART targets for identified areas of development – how would you develop these actions in a logical, achievable and realistic way, sharing the responsibility? Consider:

How much of this is new?

Have you tried to do any of this in the past? If so, think about what worked and what didn’t.

How will it affect your day-to-day delivery?

What resources do you already have?

Do you know where to go for additional help / support / information? [Check out the resources below!]

Who would be responsible for each key action?

Can you set an achievable timeframe for completing each action?

What are you working towards? (i.e. what does ‘fully met’ look like for the organisation?)



As you are leading your group through this process and implementing the plan, the two key things to remember are: PRIORITISE and be PROPORTIONAL.  Check out this list of common questions with suggested hints and tips for those trickier discussions or questions.


Top tips for implementing the plan

•Don’t have too many actions / priorities – 4 key actions is ideal at this initial stage

• Type it straight into the action plan spreadsheet

• Ensure responsibility is shared within the organisation

• Integrate actions into day-to-day responsibilities as much as possible

• Refer to the Principles of the Code of Good Impact Practice – are you adhering to these?




2. Common areas of development – support & resources


Inspiring Impact Hub is a one-stop shop for impact resources and tools. It pulls together the widest possible range of resources relevant to improving Impact Practice, and enables users to search and filter results according to their needs. You can access the Hub for free and find resources by clicking on the relevant check boxes to filter by category, sector, format or cost profiles and/or entering keywords, individual resource names or features in the search box. The resources include database and case management systems, diagnostic tools, research reports, public datasets, outcome measures, support and training, and surveys.


There are a number of common areas of development that Measuring Up! highlights for Sported member groups, and we have developed resources and information to help you with these. Click on the links below to download the resources:


Needs analysis
The first criteria on Measuring Up! asks about the need for your work. You can use local information to provide this evidence, public data or community consultations.

Read our ‘Using Public data’ download_blue resource to help you access the facts and figures you need


Defining outcomes
The Sport for Development Outcomes Model download_orange captures  the range of positive changes that Sport for Development programmes can deliver, and links these to the UK Government’s recent strategy for sport & physical activity.

If you’ve just starting thinking about impact, then our Identifying Your Goals download_orange workbook could help you figure out exactly what you’re doing and why, decide what to measure and consider what you should be thinking about.


Theory of Change
Theory of Change is mentioned throughout Measuring Up! – but don’t worry, this isn’t as complicated as it may seem. A Theory of Change is simply a way of describing how your activities will lead to the changes you want to make. It’s almost like a road map – describing the change you want to make (the impact you want to see) and the steps involved in making this happen.

BOOK onto our regional workshops

CHAT through these discussion questions download_purple with a group of stakeholders

READ NPC’s Creating Your Theory of Change   download_purpledocument


Collecting data/Measurement Tools
The ‘DO’ section of the impact cycle is all about delivering your activities and monitoring them to measure the changes you’ve identified. If you don’t already, start collecting demographic information about your young people and record attendance at sessions. The templates below may help you, but you could create your own. There are lots of tools on the market to help with measurement. Our Resource Toolkit includes some useful links, or you can check out the Inspiring Impact Hub.

Participant Information Card download_blue

Attendance Register download_blue



3. Where can I get more help?


REQUEST ‘Light Touch’ one-off or short term support from a Sported volunteer expert to set SMART objectives against your action plan or to facilitate a Theory of Change session at your club. Complete this short application form.


Or CHAT to us! Post your questions of comments to other Sported members on Your Forum



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