Autistic adults often have extraordinary cognitive and technical abilities, yet many find it difficult to secure or maintain mainstream employment. auticon recognises this situation and is the first international enterprise to exclusively employ autistic adults as consultants, offering a range of services from analytics and software testing through to compliance and security. After two years of successful operations in the UK, the team were keen to improve their approach to impact management and develop a consistent process for defining, measuring and reporting on impact, with a view to publishing their first impact report in 2019.
After delivering training with the team on impact management and measurement, we worked collaboratively with the team to co-design their organisational Theory of Change. We performed a detailed evaluation of their impact, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, which informed their first impact report. The report outlined key impact statistics as well as a series of detailed case studies with consultants, clients and job coaches to help articulate and communicate their impact to key internal and external stakeholders. The final phase of the project designed a long-term impact strategy and measurement framework, including a range of bespoke data collection tools.
In February 2019, auticon UK successfully launched their first impact report which has been widely shared both internally and externally, including to their staff, clients and investors. The report has received excellent feedback and they have since been shortlisted for the 2019 UK Social Enterprise Awards in the ‘Prove it: Social Impact’ category. Additionally, auticon now has a clearly defined impact strategy that will enable them to measure consistently and robustly, and communicate their impact on consultants, clients and their wider teams going forward.
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