Helping to map your organisation’s contribution to social change

The QuIP is a simple and cost-effective way to gather, analyse and present feedback from intended beneficiaries about significant drivers of change in their lives. This ground breaking approach is promoted by Bath Social & Development Research Ltd (Bath SDR), a small values-led consultancy founded by researchers from the Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.

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What is the QuIP?

The QuIP is designed to help organisations to assess, learn from and demonstrate the social impact of their work. It places intended beneficiaries’ voices at the centre of reporting, and demonstrates a genuine commitment to learning about what works and what doesn’t work. The QuIP reveals what your most important stakeholders really think is significant.

The QuIP’s starting point is the belief that, whilst important, quantitative change data is rarely a sufficient source of evidence of social impact, but we also know that it can be difficult to access and apply good qualitative research methods within limited budgets. It can also be difficult to convince funders that qualitative research is rigorous and reliable enough. The QuIP has been developed to try to address all these issues, creating an innovative and trusted approach that has already gained recognition by leading donors and non-governmental organisations.

There are two key features which stand out in the QuIP:

  • the use of ‘blinded’ interviews in an effort to mitigate pro-project bias
  • the application of a simple coding system to make analysis and reporting faster and more transparent

The QuIP guidelines, available here, outline how to design a study, organise interviews with intended beneficiaries, and carry out the analysis using the QuIP coding system.

A small team of CDS researchers have founded a non-profit company called Bath Social & Development Research Ltd which supports dissemination of the approach and further development of the methodology for a range of different activities, including social impact investing projects and UK voluntary and community support projects. This is funded by consultancy work for organisations who wish to sub-contract complete QuIP studies, or who require support to integrate the QuIP into their existing performance assessment and management systems.

IMG_0319  A female focus group in Ethiopia. Credit: Tefera Goshu

beehives in FTC  Beehives, Ethiopia.Credit: Tefera Goshu

 tencho kebele meeting hall Kebele office, Ethiopia. Credit: Tefera Goshu

Bilibilo, Ethiopia. Credit: Tefera Goshu The challenges of reaching respondents! Credit: Tefera Goshu