The Mayor’s Fund for London appoints Making Impact Matter as new Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Partner for the Food and Communities Team

A family open a Take and Make foo box
26th January 2024

The Mayor’s Fund for London is pleased to announce that Making Impact Matter has been appointed as the new Food and Communities team’s monitoring, evaluation and learning partner.

Making Impact Matter is a pioneering national evaluation company with a strong foundation built on fifteen years of impact measurement and evaluation expertise. Their mission is to empower organisations to identify, measure, and robustly report on impact and social value.

Working together over the next eight months the new partnership will seek to develop a more robust and user-friendly outcome and evaluation framework whilst creating a Social Return on Investment model. This will deepen the understanding of how our Kitchen Social Programme and Food Recipe Kit boxes make a difference. Crucially, highlighting areas that the MFL Food and Communities team need to focus on to better support young people, their families and community organisations across London as we work together to counteract the negative impact of holiday time food insecurity and social isolation.

John Jones, Communities Project Manager at MFL, said “The appointment of Making Impact Matter, and their team’s expertise is an exciting partnership for the Mayor’s Fund for London. It reflects our team’s commitment to accountability, improvement, partnership and striving for excellence in everything we do. We are looking forward to being able to truly showcase the power our community partners and the joint work provides, ensuring the voices and experiences of community leaders and young people lead the way. This partnership will increase our collective understanding of what’s working, what’s not, and what changes are needed; whilst strengthening our ability to advocate on behalf of young Londoners, to ensure our work and resources are directed into the areas most needed to achieve immediate, and sustainable change.”

Rachael Murray Higgins, Managing Director at Making Impact Matter, said “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with the Mayor’s Fund for London, aligning our expertise in impact measurement and evaluation with their visionary Community and Food programmes. This collaboration represents a shared commitment to not only understand but amplify the positive changes the Mayor’s Fund and their partners can bring to young people and communities across London. We are particularly excited to delve deeper into the transformative effects of the Kitchen Social Programme and Food Recipe Kit boxes, ensuring that every initiative is not just a temporary fix, but a step towards lasting social mobility, inclusion, and equity. Our goal is to develop a robust and user-friendly framework that not only highlights the success of these programmes but also pinpoints areas for strategic enhancement. Together, we aim to counteract holiday time food insecurity and social isolation, crafting a narrative of empowerment and resilience through our comprehensive evaluation and learning partnership.”

Making Impact Matter are guided by five key principles. Using these to guide their work.

  • Commitment to Social Mobility, Inclusion and Equity
  • Collaboration, Partnership and Community-Centered Engagement
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Sustainability and Scalability
  • Wellbeing Economics and Social Development

The Mayor’s Fund for London is the largest independent provider of holiday food and activities in the capital, supporting children to be happy, healthy, and motivated to learn. This sees the provision of healthy meals to low-income families and young people through Kitchen Social hubs where food is provided within a programme of activities; alongside the delivery of Take & Make recipe-kit boxes, Create & Make family meal kits, and Heat & Eat single portion meals which are delivered to a wider network of community partners across London.