Getting going with OutNav

Collective Support Programme

Our Collective Support Programme helps smaller third sector organisations and NGOs get going with using our approach and OutNav to self-evaluate a project and generate a summary report of progress towards agreed outcomes. The programme has been designed to allow small teams from different organisations to work alongside each other in collective workshops to keep costs down.

In a big purple circle, text reads Introductory offer - training and 1-year OutNav Subscription £1000+VAT per project team of up to 3 people.

What is the OutNav Collective Support Programme?

Our collective support programme is a group onboarding approach to getting going with the Matter of Focus approach and OutNav.

Working alongside individuals and teams from other third sector organisations, you will get our expert support, training, tools and resources that will enable you to self-evaluate and generate a summary report of progress towards agreed outcomes for a well-defined project.

This online programme takes place over a period of seven weeks and includes a mixture of:

  • training on working with outcomes and impacts, evaluation, and working with different forms of data and evidence;
  • guided support to develop an outcome map, get going in OutNav, develop a data collection plan, and analyse and report on your data;
  • one to one support to plan and problem solve;
  • small group work in breakout rooms;
  • whole group presentations and discussions;
  • homework and reading.

The programme includes a 1-year OutNav subscription for everyone in your project team, which comes with ongoing help and support through OutNav Community events including twice-weekly drop-in help sessions.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is open to third sector organisations that want to be able to tell a meaningful story of the difference a single, well-defined project makes to people and communities. Our approach is particularly well suited to relational work where simple measures don’t show the true impact of the work.

We have developed this programme specifically to make OutNav and our support as accessible as possible to smaller third sector organisations with low annual incomes. These organisations will be prioritised over applications from larger organisations should we near the capacity for this programme.

What you will gain

  • A wider understanding of the outcomes and impacts that matter to your project and the people involved.
  • A clear framework to measure and tell the story of progress towards these outcomes and impacts.
  • Protected time, space and support to develop a summary report of progress towards these outcomes and impacts.
  • A 1-year subscription to OutNav to continue tracking the impact of your project, report on progress to funders and multiple stakeholders at the click of a button, and reflect on change as it’s happening.
  • A certificate to certify completion.

How much does it cost?
We’re offering our collective support programme, which includes a 1-year OutNav subscription, to our first cohort for just £1000+VAT* per project. Each project can have up to three people attending the workshops.
(*In return for your feedback throughout the programme to help us refine and improve it for future cohorts!)

What is included in the programme cost?

  • A series of six expertly facilitated online workshops taking you through the Matter of Focus approach.
  • Preparatory reading and videos.
  • Useful tools and resources to get going with data collection and analysis.
  • Support from experienced Matter of Focus staff as well as your peer group.
  • A 1-hour long meeting for your project with a member of the Matter of Focus team, to assess progress and for individual coaching and support.
  • Unlimited access to our OutNav Community resources and twice-weekly drop-in help sessions.
  • A 1-year subscription to OutNav for your project, which crucially includes access for as many members of your team as required, and the ability to report at the click of a button.
  • An opportunity to participate in a showcase event a couple of months after the end of the programme so you can share your great work with funders, colleagues and peers.

About the workshops

The programme starts with six expertly facilitated online workshops that will take you through the Matter of Focus approach and get you up and running in OutNav.

Each workshop is two-hours long and most will involve a mixture of presentation, whole group discussion, and breakout room working.

The first workshop takes place on 25 October (9.30 – 11.30 am UK time). They then run at the same time each week, with a one-week break between workshops 3 and 4.

Workshop 1: Vision, context and success

Tuesday 25 October, 9.30 – 11.30am (BST)

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of the context of your work, and how focusing on outcomes can help you stay on track as things change.

We will help you to explore the outcomes and impacts that matter most to your project. We will build on this throughout the other workshops.

Please come ready to share success stories from a current or similar project which we explore together to break down how change happens into meaningful steps. This process familiarises everyone with our headings and the theory of change approach we use.

Workshop 2: Outcome mapping

Tuesday 1 November, 9.30 – 11.30am (GMT)

We will explain how our outcome mapping approach is a way of understanding and linking your activities to the outcomes that matter to your project. An outcome map is also a great way of communicating how your project makes a difference to people.

In this workshop, you will create an outcome map for your project that we will build on in the following workshops. You will refine it in the other workshops and it will form the basis for understanding your project, building a narrative around how it makes a difference, and sorting, using and improving data and evidence.

Workshop 3: Outcome mapping and moving into OutNav

Tuesday 8 November, 9.30 – 11.30am (GMT)

In this workshop we introduce you to OutNav, which is going to hold everything together for you. As you build your outcome map in OutNav, our expert team will advise on how to refine and improve it.

You will learn how OutNav will help you track and report on your project. We’ll show you how you can organise data and evidence, and link it to your outcome map. By the end of this workshop your outcome map will be ready to share with your wider team.

Workshop 4: Data audit and analysis

Tuesday 22 November, 9.30 – 11.30am (GMT)

Following a one-week break, this workshop will help you understand how much evidence is enough for your work and how to get the data and evidence you need to track your progress. Together we will discuss strategies for data gathering that ensure you have the data you need to learn and improve and report effectively and efficiently to funders.

We will show you how OutNav structures the process of drawing the story out of your data. OutNav’s unique colour-coding process will highlight on your outcome map where your data is stronger and weaker.

Workshop 5: Data analysis techniques

Tuesday 29 November, 9.30 – 11.30am (GMT)

We will introduce the key concepts of mixed-method data analysis and how you can use these to understand and evidence the difference you make.

You will build on your narrative from the previous workshop and bring in evidence to make it more robust. Our team will work alongside you as you look at your own data to help you shape how you analyse it and what claims you can make from it.

We will show you ways of visualising your data to bring your OutNav reports to life.

Workshop 6: Outcome-focused reporting

Tuesday 6 December, 9.30 – 11.30am (GMT)

OutNav supports you to report in an outcome-focused way. This really helps you to talk about the difference you are making in a way that is supported by evidence so that it is convincing for funders, stakeholders and other people interested in your work.

We will show you the different kinds of reports that you can run and share securely from OutNav and help you think through the right level of reporting for your project.

Further information about this programme

What will you need for this programme?

  • Time: participants need to be able to commit a minimum of 24 hours to this work over the duration of the programme, which includes 12 hours of timetabled workshop time, plus time between workshops to complete homework exercises and to progress your work. Project teams that are able to bring more capacity to the work, either by involving multiple team members or through allowing some additional time to work on analysis and reporting can work towards an even better and more detailed report!
  • A secure Internet connection.
  • Access to Zoom from a desk or laptop, ideally with a second screen although this is not essential. Please be aware that currently OutNav does not work with screen readers.
  • A good understanding of English.

How many people will be on the programme

This programme will run subject to a minimum number of eight organisations with a well-defined project taking part.

Each organisation may invite a small team of participants to take part; however, each project team member should aim to attend every workshop to ensure you make good and consistent progress.

The number of project teams on the programme will be capped at 12.

What do you mean by a well-defined project?

Well defined projects are those that may be relatively straightforward in terms of the activities they plan or the outcomes they want to achieve. There are likley to be clear boundaries to the work and clarity in relation to how and when to report progress. Well defined projects are also likely to have clear timescales.

If you would like help to evaluate your whole organisation or a more complex project, programme or service, or you require individual support for your team, please refer to our standard support packages.

When does the programme run?

The first workshop on this year’s Collective Support Programme will be on Tuesday 25 October 2022 (9.30 – 11.30am BST). We anticipate that there will be a welcome session in the week before.

The workshops continue each week on Tuesday mornings, with the exception of a week’s break after workshop 3.

– Workshop 1: 25 October
– Workshop 2: 1 November
– Workshop 3: 8 November
– Workshop 4: 22 November
– Workshop 5: 29 November
– Workshop 6: 6 December

There will be an opportunity to participate in a showcase event in February 2023 so you can share your great work with funders, colleagues and peers.

How much does the programme cost?

We are offering our first cohort a substantially reduced rate of £1000 + VAT per project, in return for giving us feedback along the way to help us develop the programme. This cost includes a 1-year subscription to OutNav.

The regular cost for this programme is £1500 + VAT per OutNav project.

How can you find out more?

You can find out more by coming along to our collective support taster session on 15 September.

Or, you can register for one of our twice-monthly live demo sessions this summer where you can find out more about our approach and OutNav, and have any questions you may have about the collective support programme answered.

Alternatively, please contact us and we will be in touch to arrange a call or answer questions by email.

Next steps

Applications for October 2022 are closed.

If you’re thinking about this programme for the future, you may like to come along to one of our monthly live demo sessions. Held on Zoom, in these face to face sessions a member of our team will take you through our approach, introduce you to OutNav and answer any questions you have.If you prefer to email or chat – please contact us in the first instance and we will get back to you.

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