Management of Information Systems & Social Impact Measurement

A key challenge for not-for-profit organisations is to be able to use data to show the impact of their work. Organisations need to know what information they need to collect and how to develop systems that will enable them to track what they are doing and the impact it is having.

This award is an applied programme that allows non-profit managers to develop a framework for their organisation that measures the impact and value of what they are doing. The course will allow you to document the information needs of your organisation in order to support the development of effective management information systems and to support the implementation of these systems.

The course teaches you how to use data to show impact and how to integrate this into your overall information technology strategy. The course combines the latest evidencebased practices with insights from practitioners from the sector. Expert tutors are drawn from academia, senior leaders from the sector and managers who work within capacity building, research and information technology within the sector in Ireland and internationally.

Who is the course for?
The course is targeted at senior managers and staff who are responsible for service delivery and advocacy with senior partners and stakeholders. The programme would be particularly relevant to specific team leader roles within the sector whose remit includes reporting on the impact of their service or supporting information management within their service.

As the programme covers a variety of managerial topics focused on information management in the non-profit sector it will also be highly beneficial for current or aspiring board members or those involved in statutory bodies.

Award and Progression
Graduates will receive a level 9 Special Purpose Award (10 ECTS Credits). Learners who complete the modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc in Non-Profit Management at a future date.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applications may also be considered under the college's Recognition of Prior, Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy and this is likely to be particularly germane to non-profit sector managers who do not hold an undergraduate degree but have substantive work and managerial experience. This programme requires applicants to have previous work and managerial / team leader experience.


Part-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule Attendance at college for three x 2-day blocks and one additional day (7 days total).

These blocks will be run over a 6 month or less period, allowing students spend time on applying the evidence based principles learned, completing applied projects as part of their assessment and focusing on independent learning.

Duration 50 contact hours

Careers or further progression

Learners who complete the modules on this programme may wish to transfer their credits as part of a continuing pathway to the MSc at a future date.

Career Development
Based on the history of other CPD programmes provided by the partners, all learners are likely to be currently employed in the sector. The programme will further develop your skills and competences in the sector.

Subjects taught

• Logic Model and Theory of Change
• Sourcing and using tools for data collection
• Managing challenges in outcome reporting
• Data protection
• Developing an information management strategy
• Selecting appropriate software and process mapping


Location: IFSC Campus/Other City Centre Location
Other nationwide venues depending on demand

Course fee

Fees €1,150

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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