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Empowering Places: The impact of the programme on community businesses

Published: 2022

Empowering Places aims to build more resilient and prosperous communities by building the capacity of local organisations to ‘catalyse’ and support the growth of new community businesses. It funds locally rooted ‘catalyst’ organisations in six areas of high deprivation. The evaluation aims to take a realistic approach to understand…

Homes in Community Hands: Year Three Evaluation

Published: 2022

In 2017 Power to Change launched its Homes in Community Hands programme, which sought to boost the development of community led housing (CLH). This would focus primarily on five urban areas across the country. The programme has provided funding to help plan and develop affordable housing projects to meet community needs. It has also provided gr…

Understanding impact for community businesses – Challenges and good practices for community businesses and funders

Published: 2022

This paper explores what community businesses can do to understand their social impact, reflecting on the challenges and building on some of the good practices identified through three Power to Change-funded programmes (Bright Ideas, Trade Up and the Community Business Fund). This is presented following the three main elements that community bu…

Better understanding the financial impact of funding programmes through the ‘Year Zero’ approach

Published: 2022

Through funding programmes such as Trade Up and the Community Business Fund, Power to Change supports community businesses to trade for the benefit of their local community; yet how can we understand the financial impact that Power to Change has had on community businesses? The answer is not straightforward, and programme impact can be difficul…

Bright Ideas, Trade Up, and Community Business Fund: Year 2 Evaluation Report

Published: 2021

This report outlines evaluation findings from Renaisi’s evaluation of Power to Change’s Bright Ideas and Trade Up programmes, and its Community Business Fund. Each of these is different from the others and specifically targets different stages and support needs in the community business life cycle. However, they were all designed to supp…

Community business: The power on your doorstep – Executive Summary – Power to Change 2020 Impact Report

Published: 2021

This is the executive summary of Power to Change’s second impact report.

Community business: The power on your doorstep – Power to Change 2020 Impact Report

Published: 2021

This is Power to Change’s second impact report. It draws together existing and new evidence from the Trust’s first six years to provide an updated picture of both Power to Change’s impact on its grantees and the wider marketplace, and the impact that grantees are having on people and places. It is intended for use by Power to Change, our …

Empowering Places? Measuring the impact of community businesses at neighbourhood level

Published: 2021

Empowering Places is a programme of place-based investment that aims to demonstrate the role that concentrated clusters of community businesses can play in improving local areas and reducing inequality. To measure the impact of the programme, Power to Change commissioned Kantar in 2020 to conduct six ‘hyperlocal’ extensions of the gove…

Evaluation of Bright Ideas, Trade Up and the Community Business Fund: Impact on people and place learning paper

Published: 2021

This report builds on Renaisi’s interim evaluation report of Power to Change’s Bright Ideas and Trade Up programmes,  and its Community Business Fund, as well as contributing additional evidence to existing research around the impact of community businesses on people and place.

Amongst other things, it finds that:

Communi…

Measuring the impact of community businesses at neighbourhood level

Published: 2020

Power to Change commissioned Kantar in 2019 to conduct a ‘hyperlocal’ version of the national Community Life Survey (CLS) in six operational areas centred around community businesses supported by Power to Change. Each area has a mean average population 1,500 people. The ‘hyperlocal’ design builds on studies conducted in 2017 and 2018 wh…

The impact of community businesses on people

Published: 2020

As part of our commitment to evidencing the impact of Power to Change and the community businesses we support, we aim to regularly produce evidence reviews. Our latest research report brings together our evidence base about the impact of community businesses on the people they work with and support. This report is not just about the response to…

Empowering Places? Measuring the impact of community businesses at neighbourhood level – A baseline study

Published: 2019

Power to Change’s latest piece of research sets a starting line from which we can measure the social impact of community businesses on their local communities. The report was researched and written by Kantar Public. It is based on a hyperlocal version of the national Community Life Survey, an annual nationally-representative survey that provi…

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