We work in partnership with individuals and organisations in the social purpose, arts, heritage and environmental sectors to help maximise the difference they make.
Evaluation and learning partnerships
We work alongside organisations to explore how relationships function within their programmes, projects and campaigns and help them to better understand and increase the impact they wish to make at an individual, organisational and sector level. We then implement mechanisms to enable them to measure change more effectively.
The focus of the evaluations we work on includes leadership, arts and heritage, homelessness, health, and the environment. We draw upon a range of approaches including qualitative and quantitative research, theory of change, evaluation frameworks and reflective practice in order to support the learning process. Current evaluation clients include Gingerbread, Homeless Link, The Donkey Sanctuary, ICF, Leap and Ambitious about Autism.
Management Essentials. We run this as a public course via Clore Social Leadership and also offer an in-house and bespoke version of the course, tailored to meet the specific needs of a team and/or organisation – whether participants are new to management or are more experienced managers. It can be delivered online or in person and as a one or two-day course.
The programme focuses upon understanding an individual’s style and approach – and how this interacts with others in their team/organisation. Modules include: giving feedback and managing difficult conversations; effective communications; leadership & management; delegation; and how good management practices and processes enable teams and organisations to function more effectively.
Bespoke training clients include Reprieve, Conciliation Resources, CRIN, JCWI, and Detention Action. We also provide bespoke media training.
We bring together teams and organisations (UK-wide and International) to reflect, learn and strategise. Our facilitation practice is rooted in creative thinking and curiosity, and we work closely with our partners to develop the agenda and to ensure that the sessions are accessible and factor in any power dynamics in the room. We also facilitate action learning sets and peer support networks. Our facilitation clients include FILE, ACCR, Possible, London Youth and the Legal Education Foundation.
We offer a qualified coaching practice for senior managers who wish to explore issues including career goals; approach to work; and the first 100 days in a new role. This is a confidential space for reflection, learning and development.
‘We really enjoyed working with Matthew and Miranda at m2 who conducted the evaluation of our Beacon programme for Chairs of smaller charities. There was a real sense of partnership in identifying how the evaluation would make a difference to our work. We are really pleased with the final report; it allowed us to demonstrate progress, but also gave us insights about next steps. m2 took great care in understanding what we needed from the evaluation, and delivered it.’
Ros Oakley, Chief Executive, Association of Chairs
‘Working with m2 has been such a positive experience for Gingerbread; we have learned so much. As well as meeting our expectations in having substantial expertise and knowledge about impact and evaluation, I felt they were invested in our mission and purpose. They contributed to extremely valuable discussions, helping us to unpick challenges and make critical decisions, which has enabled us to reframe our work and direction of travel. It's been so helpful to have them as partners – and in fact we’re now working with them again.’
Jo Hardy, Head of Services, Gingerbread
‘m2 consultants provided invaluable support and training for members of the CRIN team at a time when we were working through how to develop shared leadership within the organisation. We particularly appreciated their sensitivity to and understanding of how our team operates and the different styles and types of leadership.’
Leo Ratledge, Co-Director, Child Rights International Network