First Story is a charity that brings talented, professional writers into secondary schools serving low-income communities to work with teachers and students to foster creativity and communication skills. Frontier Economics carried out pro bono analysis for First Story to help them develop a framework for how the impact of their activities could be evaluated.
By helping students find their voice through fun, intensive programmes with acclaimed writers, First Story raises aspirations and gives students the skills and confidence to achieve them. Frontier’s work involved developing a logic model which translates their activities into impacts, estimating how their inputs and outputs had changed over time, and providing guidance on the remaining steps of their evaluation strategy.
Emily Webb (Interim Executive Director of First Story) commented “Frontier brought a depth of understanding to our processes and outcomes that we really couldn’t achieve ourselves. They provided an additional level of expertise and gave us a real insight into our programme’s efficiency, impact and sustainability, and the tools to take this insight further in the future. We hope this work will provide a valuable springboard for the First Story team and Board to inform our strategy and communicate better to supporters, schools and the public about what we do.”
Frontier runs a programme of pro bono consultancy projects helping charities demonstrate the economic impact of their work. As well as First Story, our recent pro bono work has supported charities including Whizz Kidz, the Children’s Society and Giving World.
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