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.