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

NICVA Policy Costing Toolkit

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)

All Party Groups (niassembly.gov.uk)


Join the conversation on the future sustainability of voluntary youth work in Northern Ireland

A series of workshops with the youth sector is being held across Northern Ireland 

10 Top Tips for Making Self-Evaluation Work for you!

NICVA have been delighted to partner with CES (Centre for Effective Services) to deliver an interactive and lively session on ‘An Introduction to Self-Evaluation’.

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. 

Share your COVID-19 support service information

Organisations providing support to people and communities during the COVID-19 emergency can share their service information

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