The Difference We Make

Richard Geoffrey Hazenberg, Manpreet Bajwa-Patel

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report


This research report builds upon the existing partnership and research work carried out between Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation (LRCF) and the University of Northampton’s ‘Institute for Social Innovation and Impact’ (ISII). The purpose of this research is to assess what comprises meaningful impact reporting for donors engaged with Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation (LRCF). In addition, the research also seeks to explore the opinions of other key stakeholders engaged with LRCF, including: voluntary sector organisations (VSOs), and public bodies (i.e. local government, police and health).

This report focuses upon the first phase of the research that was designed to elicit the perspectives of these key stakeholder groups (and specifically LRCF donors or potential donors), through engagement in semi-structured interviews (a copy of the interview schedule can be found at Appendix A). The purpose of these interviews was to explore participant perceptions of impact reporting in relation to LRCF managed donor funds, with a specific focus on how impact should be reported (quantitative and/or qualitative methods) and how it should be disseminated to the different stakeholder groups. The specific research aims for the project overall are outlined in Section 2 of this report.

The purpose of these interviews was also however, to inform the design of the survey that is to be sent to VSOs during Phase 2 of the project, so that donor and other stakeholder perspectives would inform the questions being asked of the VSOs. Indeed, given the need for LRCF’s future impact reporting to be relevant, the research needs to identify both what donors want, but also what VSOs can feasibly deliver. For example, it would be pointless if donors expressed a desire to receive indepth research based upon control groups, if the VSOs themselves did not have the capacity and resources to deliver these. Phase 2 of the research, an online survey compiled after phase 1 (n=69), explores VSO perceptions in relation to the phase one findings.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyLeicester & Rutland Community Foundation
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2018


  • Social Impact
  • Charity
  • Community


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