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Social Impact Management Workshop, Brussels

The Workshop on Social Impact Management took part in Bruxelles on June 21, 2019 and brought together the partners from the Project Impact Management: Do it yourself Toolkit for small and medium NGOs.

  • The workshop was an opportunity for the delegation to meet with experts from DG DEVCO, DG NEAR and relevant civil society organizations.
  • The workshop was held at the Economic Development Foundation Office at Avenue de l’Yser 5-6, 1040 Bruxelles and brought together experts and researchers working on impact assessment and civil society monitoring.
  • During the first part of the workshop difficulties for CSOs to carry out a sustainable monitoring process and to assess the social impact generated by research or implemented projects were discussed.
  • The second part of the workshop concentrated on how social impact assessment could be used as a tool to increase the advocacy capacity of the civil society, as well as provided a space for discussing the results of the research achieved so far and possible next steps.

Program of the Workshop

Venue: Economic Development Foundation Brussels Office, Avenue de l’Yser 5-6, 1040 Bruxelles

9.30 – 10.00: Opening: the joint workshop by projects ‘EU Monitoring Network’ and ‘Social Impact Management’ // Introduction of Participants

10.00 – 10.45: Keynote Speech from the Project Delegation:

  • What are the objectives of the action?
  • What are the current challenges facing Turkish CSOs preventing them to monitor and evaluate the actions of civil society and public sector in a sustainable and to the point way?

10.45 – 11.15: Introduction of ‘Social Impact Management: do it yourself toolkit for the average CSO’ project: 4Change, Cromo Foundation and Făgăraș Research Institute

Notes from Social Impact Management challenges shared by Portugal, Romania and Hungary civil societies.

Key objectives, challenges and results achieved so far by the pilot.

11.15 – 11.30: Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30: Discussion 1 starting around questions:

  • What are the main difficulties CSOs face and can be answered throughout the monitoring and evaluation process? From accountability to sustainability?
  • How to choose appropriate tools in order to have outcomes aligned with intended goals? Social impact achievement and civil society ecosystems

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch Break

13.30 – 14.30: Continuing Discussion 1

14.30 – 14.45: Coffee Break

14.45 – 16.30: Macro Scale and Social Impact Analysis of the Civil Society Sector

  • How to use the tools and methodologies to assess the social impacts in a way to increase the communication and influence capacity of CSOs?
  • What are the ways to improve the networking capacity of CSOs and dialogue between civil society and the public sector through social impact evaluation and assessment?
  • Which systemic challenges is the civil society sector facing and how can the sustainability of the sector be strengthened?

16.30 – 16.45: Last Remarks/Closing

Team: Stefan Cibian

Departments: The International Center for Global Affairs and Postdevelopment (IC-GAP),


Impact management: ‘Do It Yourself’ toolkit for the average CSO

Civil Society Sustainability

Regions: Global

Themes: Management, Civil Society

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