Case Study: Engineers Without Borders

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Engineers Without Borders UK mobilises engineering students and graduates to volunteer around the world on projects that create, maintain and rethink essential infrastructure that improves people’s lives.



In addition to sending engineering volunteers overseas, the organisation inspires children in the UK to become engineers and encourages engineering companies in general to adopt responsible and sustainable business practices. Whilst the organisation had some top-level KPIs, the management team felt that the KPIs did not take into account the full breadth of the impact that the organisation achieved. The organisation was unsure what level of detail to track its impact at given the variety of projects it supported overseas and in the UK.

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We ran Part 2 of the Makerble Impact Exploration Workshop: Turning Your Theory of Change Into Data You Can Measure. We began by mapping the organisation’s existing KPIs against a visual Theory of Change. Then we overlaid these with additional impact metrics that were appropriate to each programme of work. Finally we created a data plan showing which teams should be responsible for collecting which bits of data and how they would do it.

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Engineers Without Borders UK now have a unified Theory of Change which shows the organisation’s strategy for impact and how the individual programmes ladder up to achieving that impact. Data collection requirements for each team have been made more robust and the team is more confident in its ability to clearly articulate that impact to funders.