Policy Impact Hub
The Policy Impact Hub will showcase examples of good practice and innovation in policy influence and development from within the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
A key role of the voluntary and community sector is to inform and influence the development of public policies and laws which will benefit society, drawing on its experience, knowledge and expertise in a vast range of issues.
Many voluntary and community sector organisations in Northern Ireland and beyond are raising issues and bringing forward solutions to policy problems, bringing their unique perspective and knowledge
The hub will aim to highlight case studies of how the sector has helped inform and develop positive policy developments and solutions for the greater good.
Case Studies: Examples of campaigns and their outcomes
Policy Impact Hub case study: Save the Childcare Voucher Scheme | NICVA
Policy Impact Hub case study: WWF Energy Efficiency Rate Rebate Scheme | NICVA
Policy Impact Hub case study: Social Prescribing | NICVA
Case Studies: Examples of effective campaigns and lobbying strategies carried out by the sector
Women’s Resource and Development Agency – WPG Feminist Recovery Plan | NICVA
Resources to assist organisations in running a successful campaign
Campaign Planner - Questions to consider when planning your campaign | NICVA
Policy and Campaigning Groups NI | NICVA
Registering to Lobby? Information for the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Sector in Northern Ireland | NICVA
New Electoral Commission guidance for charities: the Lobbying Act shouldn’t stop you from campaigning | Electoral Commission
Charities and politics | The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (charitycommissionni.org.uk)
MLA Contact Details (niassembly.gov.uk)
Committees of the Northern Ireland Assembly (niassembly.gov.uk)
Impact works: Work hard to keep it simple!
Housing Rights share the lessons learned on their impact journey, so you can benefit from their experience.
Your voice and opinion matters
Our members are at the core of everything we do. Your challenges and needs shape our work for the year ahead.
Find out how we will be using your feedback to support you and your organisation.
How to tell the story of your impact
The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector exists to make a difference in the lives of others, but increasingly we find ourselves under pressure to be able to effectively demonstrate the impact of our work.
Learning together: Why use an outcome-based approach (OBA)
In recent times there has been increasing interest in outcomes-based approaches (OBA), evidenced by the endorsement of OBA in the draft Programme for Government. But what does OBA really mean?
NICVA can help you get started on your impact journey
Are you an organisation that is struggling where to start with your impact journey?
Do not struggle alone, reach out to NICVA and let us help you start your impact journey.
Back to school- New NICVA Impact Practice Workshops and more!
As we find ourselves in August, we can see all around us the reminders that the new school year is not far away. Many children will be picking their new pencils, pens, and schoolbags, with hopes what this year will bring.
Registering to Lobby? Information for the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Sector in Northern Ireland
Lobbying and campaigning is carried out by many within the VCSE Sector, as a way of informing and influencing public policies and legislation, so as to advance their charitable aims and benefit society.
Policy Impact Hub case study: Women's Policy Group Feminist Recovery Plan
Following the implementation of Government policies and strategies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, WRDA identified the disproportionate impact on women.
Policy Impact Hub case study: Save the Childcare Voucher Scheme
This case study explains how the Save Childcare Vouchers campaign helped approximately 60,000 families across the UK access financial support with their childcare costs through the Childcare Voucher scheme prior to it being closed to new entrants.
How can an Outcomes-based approach work for you? ONLINE
27 Apr 2023 -
10:00 to 11:30
Impact Practice Network meeting: - Get Involved and influence the change! In Person at NICVA
15 May 2023 -
10:00 to 12:00
Making self evaluation work for you
6 Jun 2023 -
10:00 to 12:00
Share your COVID-19 support service information
Organisations providing support to people and communities during the COVID-19 emergency can share their service information