SIM4CSOs is an Erasmus + project that intends to empower the operation of non-profits within Civil Society by enhancing their effectiveness, transparency and governance through the application of social impact measurement methods.
The project will help to improve the efficiency of the third sector, increase the opportunities for the collection of civil society organizations (CSOs) and finally, in strengthening the overall sector and protect the reputation of the CSOs from cases of bad practice.
Data and methods
Phase 1: Comprehensive guide on social impact measurement
The guide will present the existing ways of measuring social impact in partners’ countries and will include a training needs analysis of the existing skill gaps will be performed among representatives of civil society as well as overall stakeholders in each partners country so that the training manual to be tailored around those skill gaps.
Phase 2: Co-Creation of a methodological manual
Development of a Methodological Manual that will provide a set of key knowledge, skills and competences that civil society representatives should follow and consult in order to better deliver their work and measure its impact.
Phase 3: Co-Creation of a virtual learning environment through an online platform
The Virtual Educational Online Platform will provide Civil Society Organizations’ representatives with a common space to obtain knowledge and practical experience related to the issues regarding social impact measurement.
The work developed by the SIM4CSOs project is primarily aimed at the stakeholder group in the third sector.
SIM4CSO is created by a consortium of entities comprising non-governmental organizations, social research institutes, centres for social innovation, a small-medium enterprise and a higher education institution.
The leading entity is the Higher Incubator Giving Growth and Sustainability (HIGGS) (https://higgs3.org/en/), a non-profit organization that aims to empower Civil Society Organizations through educational and supportive programmes in Greece. The other countries involved in the consortium are Croatia (ACT Grupa), Cyprus (Centre for Social Innovation), Italy (CESIE), Israel (Midot), Norway (NOVA-OsloMet), Centre for Educaton and Social Research) and Portugal (INOVA+).
Participants at OsloMet