Impact Evaluations

For the last ten years, we have continually monitored our impact, and commissioned independent evaluations of our own work.

Our Impact

Shortly after Spirit was founded in 2013, we started to work with our grant holders and independent evaluators (Renaisi and InFocus) to understand the difference that we are making in three key areas:

  1. Improving people’s wellbeing
  2. Changing perceptions of disability
  3. Improving social cohesion

Each of our grant holders measures the impact of their work on the wellbeing of the people who participate in their project. The graph below represents the difference that the projects we fund make on people’s wellbeing, using four of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) wellbeing indicators.

We have been working with Renaisi as our independent evaluation partner since September 2019. Their most recent evaluation in 2022 comprises three reports focusing on each of our three impact areas. To find out more about our impact, download the latest impact reports.

Before that, between 2014 and 2017, our work was evaluated by InFocus.  You can read their summative evaluation of our work, and our response to that below

Spirit of 2012 evaluation final report

Investing in happiness: creating impact through funding event legacies