LynchPin Support was established in February 2016 by Nicola Lynch. Nicola is still the lead consultant within the company but now works with a range of consultants and other experienced professionals to deliver her portfolio of works.
Nicola is an experienced business owner as well as people, project and partnership manager with a wide range of skills in evaluation techniques, bid writing, grant monitoring & stakeholder management. For 15 years she has worked across the private, public and charitable sectors in Cumbria (including holding the Directorship of a West Cumbrian Social Enterprise.) After a long ‘apprenticeship’ spent creating social impact she is now trained and active in the evaluation of that impact and its translation into value. She works across private and public sector boundaries to support organisations in monitoring and evaluating their work for maximum impact for their stakeholders. She works within a collaborative network of consultant organisations including MB Associates (www.mbassociates.org) and the Brathay Research Hub (www.brathay.org.uk) She also works as a Social Impact Associate with the sustainability consultancy gaiacene. (www.gaiacene.com)
She is based in West Cumbria and is a member of Social Value International & Social Enterprise UK, an associate member of APM and is also an advisor to and ambassador for thirdbridge. She will be hosting a round table discussion at this year’s Social Value International Conference (November 2017, Manchester.)
Recent clients are listed on the case studies page and range from large corporate bodies (Sellafield Ltd) to countywide charities (CADAS) educational institutions (Lakes College West Cumbria) and small social enterprises (Amy’s Care.)
LynchPin provided insightful consultancy support into the Social Impact Framework for one of the UK’s largest public-sector contracts (£1.5Bn, over 10 years). Nicola contributed to the development of a comprehensive evaluation framework that captured critical outcomes and enabled the robust evaluation of an extensive programme of concurrent and multi-stakeholder activities over a 5 year timescale. The Social Impact Framework operated within a complex and diverse stakeholder environment, to which, Nicola, was adapt at challenging, demonstrating, communicating and evidencing how evaluation contributes to successful programme implementation. This initially involved identifying and capturing stakeholder values and attributing appropriate and efficient evaluation methods. This revealed critical impact data and more importantly valuable learning outcomes to assist in partnership maturation and subsequent programme optimisation.”
Craig White Sustainability Director Gaiacene
“Nicola has extensive experience of working across Cumbria, sectors and communities. She has an ability to ‘think big’ connecting projects and plans in a single framework, as well as an ability to plan detail. Nicola has a varied methodology and a range of measurement tools that she can employ to suit the need of the work. Nicola can also translate complex ideas and plans into a simple, user friendly approach.”
Kate W – Ewanrigg Local Trust
All our evaluation work is tailored to organisational needs and available resources – although we draw on experience and learning from a wide range of sources each piece of work is individual. Our approach is
Works completed on behalf of clients in the last 18 months include
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Grant applications · Impact measurement · Project needs analyses · Corporate Social Responsibility · Project development & delivery · Social Return on Investment calculations · Monitoring & Evaluation · Fundraising · Legal structures for charities and social enterprises · Business planning · Partnership Management · Stakeholder analyses · Trouble-shooting
If any of these terms sound confusing or vague to you then you are not alone! See my Q&A section for more detail on what terms like ‘social impact’ or ‘return on investment’ mean.