We know how much work goes into community rail activities, but we also know that a vast amount of work probably goes unreported and unrecognised. Community rail partnerships and organisations work in many ways to deliver changes that benefit and support their local communities. Community Rail Network has done some work over the last year supporting our members to understand, demonstrate and evidence the outcomes (changes) that their work is achieving.
When we think about our outcomes, we need to think about how we will know and demonstrate that change is happening as a result of our work? Community Rail Network has worked with a social enterprise called Impact Reporting to develop a tool to enable all members to track and record their activities and associated indicators of change and support them to demonstrate their outcomes and impact.
We think using the Impact platform will be useful for:
- Showing how much you do and the difference you have made
- Capturing data and feedback in real-time, whilst out and about
- Collating evidence for funding bids and communications
- Reporting to funders and partners
- Prioritising activities to maximise impact
The platform is user-friendly and suitable for small groups who want to build a picture of the work they do as well as larger organisations and partnerships running multiple projects and strands of work.
Members have received details on how to sign up to the platform and get started. There is no obligation to use the platform. Once you’ve signed up so you can log-on to have a look and see if it will work for you. We’ve put together some FAQs about how the platform works and how you can get the most out of it, a quick-start user guide and we’ll be offering on-going support. Not received your details? Get in touch at email@example.com
We think it’s easy to use and the fact that you can capture evidence as you are out and about, if you have a smart phone, will be really useful for making sure your evidence is captured and accurate. While most community rail activities are paused it could be a good time to reflect on how you know that they are successful and what you could track and record as evidence in the future.
Have any questions about the Impact platform? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org