Our impact

Why we measure our impact

Evidencing tangible results lies at the heart of our 552 services working throughout the UK to help disadvantaged children and young people.

Measuring our impact is essential as it informs our partners and donors about the effectiveness of our work, not only to show value for money but more importantly, to be accountable. It also helps us know what works well so we can use that evidence to continuously improve our services.


It’s an essential component in delivering our effective service.

We are sector leaders in evaluating our data. We have a unique system, eAspire, to manage our data and we use many other leading industry evaluation tools and techniques to obtain objective measures.

During 2015 we have upgraded our systems which has provided even greater clarity on the real change we positively affect to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people we work with.

These upgrades are the start-point for better communications from the charity on the real value we consistently deliver based on robust evidence from our services. This ensures we continue to deliver credibility and trust in our work.

Data from all our services across the UK shows that:

  • 71% of children we work with improved their mental health[1]
  • 77% of children and young people are more able to achieve their educational potential[1]
  • 72% of children under 5 we work with are now reaching their developmental milestones[2]
  • 73% of children at risk of neglect have warmer more supportive relationships with their parent or carer (s)[3]
  • 74% of children at risk of neglect who we work with experience an improvement in family life due to improved routines[3]

How we measure impact

Many of the disadvantaged children and young people we support have complex and challenging needs.  We tailor our support to suit family’s needs. Our initial assessment work ensures we understand each individual from the very beginning allowing us to meet their direct need.

We not only work closely with the individual and their immediate families but with other professionals they may be in contact with, such as teachers or social workers. This joined up working ensures we agree what’s needed and what changes they want to see in their lives.  It's much easier to make change happen when you know what you're aiming for. 

Successful change could be a parent establishing family routines to ensure their children get to school, or a disabled child making friends by learning to communicate in different ways or it could be a young person overcoming substance abuse.

These are the differences we measure and our strong evidence base means we can share our work with other organisations who also believe that every child should have the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential, that they all deserve hope for their future.

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[1] Improvement data from Action for Children’s e-Aspire analysis of 35,698 children and young people (April 2015 – March 2017).

[2] Improvement data from Action for Children’s e-Aspire analysis of 7,219 children aged 0 – 5 (April 2015 – March 2016)

[3] Improvement data from Action for Children’s e-Aspire analysis of 7,463 children and young people at risk of neglect (April 2015 – March 2016)