Nicky Stevenson

Nicky is a self-employed consultant with over 25 years’ experience of working in and with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. She specialises in research and impact measurement and has designed a number of tools to help third sector organisations to get better at measuring the impact of what they do.  She also does some work for Charity Bank and is an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.  Nicky is also the co-author of ‘Inside Social Enterprise’ (2013, Policy Press)

Key skills & experience

Nicky has extensive experience of researching the VCSE in a policy context as well as evaluating individual organisations.  She is a trained Social Return on Investment practitioner with full approved advisor status and a member of the Social Value UK network. Also she is a qualified and experienced trainer and has been a SFEDI accredited business adviser. Nicky has worked for individual organisations, local authorities, social enterprise and voluntary sector infrastructure groups and government departments.

Nicky is a member of the Social Enterprise Mark Certification Panel and a board member of Social Enterprise East of England. She is one of the founder members of Social Enterprise East of England and also the Company Secretary.


Recent projects

Nicky has worked in a number of key sectors in which VCSEs operate, including criminal justice, mental health and the arts.

Recovery College East (2016) supporting planning for sustainability of the service within CPFT, including measuring impact.

Big Local (2010 – current) she is a retained consultant working with three local community partnerships that are in receipt of £1 million to spend over 10 years.

Local Trust (2016) Nicky was a member of the consultancy team commissioned to research how Big Local partnerships are measuring the impact of their local development and co-wrote a guide to measuring impact.

Youth Federation (for EP) (2016) Nicky developed an impact measurement framework for the organisation to streamline and rationalise its measurement activities.

Foundation East“We are very grateful for the support provided by the Eastside Primetimers team during the process of putting together of our 5 year strategic plan. The EP team was able to pull together a diverse team enabling us to benefit from their wide knowledge and skill base” Katy Ford, Chief Executive
Imara“We experienced good partnership working with Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Nicky Stevenson, who has supported us over the past year with our evaluation and monitoring. With her help producing great reports, analysis and ideas, we are now able to show our value more effectively” Cath Wakeman, Chief Executive Officer and Trauma Therapist

Eastside Primetimers