Street League has taken another groundbreaking step in its bid to drive transparency in the charity sector after announcing it has moved to ‘real-time’ impact reporting.
Instead of waiting until the end of the year to publish cumulative data in its annual report, the national charity – which uses sport programmes to tackle youth unemployment – has launched an ‘Online Impact Dashboard’ which will enable users to interact with real-time data about the young people it is supporting.
The Impact Dashboard is the latest development in Street League’s #CallForClarity campaign, which has received public backing from 147 other organisations and saw Street League named winner in the annual report category at the Third Sector Awards in September.
The ‘Three Golden Rules’ of the campaign recommend that charities should never over claim what they do; that all percentages should be backed up by absolute numbers; and that all outcomes should be supported by auditable evidence.
Street League chief executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd said: “We don’t think success should be measured by turnover, or by vague numbers of people ‘reached’, or by a story about one or two beneficiaries. It should be measured by presenting what we do in a transparent way and allowing other people to decide whether they think we are successful, or not.”
Using the Impact Dashboard, users will be able to access anonymised data about the young people which Street League is supporting and, for example, find out about the barriers they have overcome and which employment sectors they have moved into. Whilst other impact dashboards certainly exist, the charity believes that integrating real-time data is a sector-first innovation which will take transparent impact reporting to the next level.
Mike Diaper, Director of Community Sport at Sport England, said: “Street League have revolutionised impact reporting with another innovation in real-time data”.