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Tool Decider and Comparison Charts

The Decider and Comparison charts are designed to be used in conjunction. Together they offer an overview of the approaches to measuring impact and quality summarised opposite. The charts feature more than 20 tools compared for quick reference.

Tool Decider

The Tool Decider will help you identify the tool best suited to your organisation and to your performance management needs. Start at the centre of the chart with organisational size and work your way outwards to a shortlist of tools about which you can find out more on the Comparison Chart or from the Tool Summaries opposite.

Download Tool Decider Chart (whole chart: print on A3 paper for best results)

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Tool Comparison

The Comparison chart has three purposes:

1. To help you to identify a tool to either use off-the-shelf or to adapt to meet your needs in measuring impact, reporting on performance, demonstrating quality, or developing business strategy. You can use the chart as an overview to compare the tools in analysing their merits and decide which tool is most appropriate.
2. To give you the general information you need in order to respond to others’ suggestions or requirements that you take up a particular method or tool.
3. To enable those providing support and advice to
third sector organisations to understand a range
of approaches, and signpost their clients to
places for further assistance, based on their
needs and situation.

You may also find more general introductions to impact measurement and quality useful. A good place to start is the CES report Accountability and Learning

Download Tool Comparison Chart (whole chart: print on A3 paper for best results)

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Not ready for these approaches?

If you have studied the detailed Tool Summaries and they all seem a bit daunting, then here are some approaches that might help with your first steps.

CES Planning Triangle
The triangle is a visual tool designed to help organisations identify their aims and objectives. CES has used it successfully in training and consultancy over many years to assist organisations in clarifying what they are trying to achieve. The triangle is a planning tool for presenting what you are going to do, why you are doing it and what you hope to
achieve by doing it. Click here for more details.

Sustainable Sun Needs-Analysis Tool
The Sustainable Sun Needs-Analysis Tool is designed to
help organisations work out where they are now in each
of seven areas which are integral to the long-term
sustainability of their organisations. Organisations can
work through the chart on their own, or together with an
advisor. The chart enables them to plot their current
organisational health and consider future development. Click here to find out more.

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“The tools comparison chart allows groups to quickly identify appropriate solutions.”

- Nat Thompson
Infrastructure Quality Development Officer Voluntary Action Sheffield