We make managing community projects easier by enabling you to: record details about participants; see current, past and future activity; stay up-to-date with tasks; link work to outcomes; and collect information using a smartphone or tablet.
We help you monitor the progress of community projects by allowing you to: define measures of success and view live progress; view dashboards and maps; see progress against organisational strategies; and generate statistics instantly.
We help you evidence the effect community projects have by enabling you to: survey participants; record outcomes achieved; demonstrate impact; store photos and videos giving the 'real story' behind statistics; and use a timeline to show participants' 'journeys'.
Upshot is a performance management software solution developed in 2011 by the Football Foundation, the biggest sports charity in the UK.
The Football Foundation needed to demonstrate the impact of its funding, and Upshot enabled them to measure outcomes quickly and easily.
Previously it was time-consuming and difficult to produce quantitative or qualitative data. And there was little ability to measure social return on investment.
In March 2012 it was made available to other not-for-profit sports organisations like the Football Foundation.
Inspiration for development
To develop Upshot further, inspiration was taken from modern applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, where the public willingly enter data because it benefits them.
These applications are accessible using mobile phones, tablets and computers and Upshot needed the same ease of use.
In 2014 it was a finalist in the Sports Technology Awards and in 2016 it was shortlisted for the BT Sports Industry Awards in the Cutting Edge category.
Upshot is unique
Upshot provides funders and deliverers from within and outside of sport with a clear information about what’s going on and it combines evidence across projects, so everyone involved can analyse the bigger picture.
Now, more than 500 not-for-profit organisations are using Upshot to manage, monitor and evidence their community projects.
They’re not just collecting numbers, but a wider range of information that proves their time and money is leading to great results. Upshot listens, supports, reacts and continues to develop alongside its users, making it a truly unique solution.
We couldn’t do it without them
We are eternally grateful to the brilliant minds of Torchbox. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We chose them because they embody the ethos of the sector we work in and have an excellent track record of building easy-to-use and ‘clean’, uncluttered systems.
From day one they took the time to understand our ambitions and, importantly, discover what our users wanted. As Upshot has evolved since its launch, they have been instrumental in adding on new functionality and features to the system, always striving to improve its intuitiveness. They also continue to lead the way in the not-for-profit sector and have an increasingly impressive range of other clients.