Demonstrating impact on health inequalities

The aim of this programme is to help:

  • Third sector organisations to explain, measure and prove how their work contributes to tackling health inequalities
  • Funders and commissioners to better understand the third sector’s contribution to tackling health inequalities

This work has been commissioned by the National Learning Collaborative for Inequalities, which is co-ordinated by Public Health Scotland.

There have been four phases to our work in this area.

Phase 1 – Conducted a scoping study with third sector organisations to understand the challenges they face in demonstrating impact on health inequalities. 

Phase 2 – Designed and delivered tailored workshops in partnership with CHEX to build understanding of the causes of inequalities and how to evaluate work to tackle inequalities.

Phase 3 – Developed a theory of change and resource which helps third sector organisations explain and measure their impact. This resource is: ‘Recognising our rich tapestry: measuring the third sector’s contribution to health inequalities.’

Phase 4 – Worked closely with 4 organisations to develop case studies to bring ‘Recognising our rich tapestry’ to life and show other third sector organisations how they can use the resource.

On 24 March 2021 we led an online event where these organisations shared their experience of using the resource. See case studies below:

  • Recognising our rich tapestry: Befrienders Skye and Lochalsh case study

    Befrienders Skye and Lochalsh have used “Recognising our rich tapestry: measuring the contribution of third sector organisations to tackling health inequalities” to explain and prove how their service contributes to tackling health inequalities.

  • Recognising our rich tapestry: COPE Scotland case study

    COPE Scotland have used “Recognising our rich tapestry: measuring the contribution of third sector organisations to tackling health inequalities” to explain and prove how their self-management support service contributes to tackling health inequalities.

  • Recognising our rich tapestry: Saheliya case study

    Saheliya have used “Recognising our rich tapestry: measuring the contribution of third sector organisations to tackling health inequalities” to explain and prove how their service contributes to tackling health inequalities.

  • Recognising our rich tapestry: Tasting Change case study

    Tasting Change have used “Recognising our rich tapestry: measuring the contribution of third sector organisations to tackling health inequalities” to explain and prove how their cooking groups programme contributes to tackling health inequalities.

We hope that this work will feed into the public health reform agenda.

Related resources

Matter of Focus have been supporting organisations in Edinburgh to use a shared outcomes framework to gather evidence and report meaningfully on outcomes which contribute to tackling health inequalities.

Please read their blog for more information about how they are supporting organisations.

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