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Lighting the Touchpaper: Growing the Market for Social Investment in England

Publication 1 November 2011

The UK has a long history of developing innovative approaches to meeting social needs. With the establishment of Big Society Capital and the development of new products such as social impact bonds the UK led the world in this area.

Grow Your Own: How local authorities can support social enterprise

Publication 1 November 2011

Social enterprises have long been established in Britain, providing a range of products and services whilst also delivering social value. In 2011, as a sector, social enterprise was still emerging but attracting more attention – largely driven by public spending

Good days & bad days: stories of ageing in the community

Publication 1 November 2011

The demographics, statistics and predicted trends surrounding ageing can make fascinating, and sometimes alarming, reading. However, all too often researchers, policy-makers, and service providers can become transfixed by the numbers and lose sight of the individual experiences of the people

Championing Small But Vital Charities

Repository entry 1 November 2011

This leaflet makes the case for why local charities are important and what can be done to support them.

Small and local charities play a vital role in their community but they need help to not only survive, but thrive.

Innovation for the Public Good: The Five Keys to Innovation

Publication 1 October 2011

Ask a passerby to name an innovative organisation and a familiar list soon appears: Apple, 3M, Google, eBay, etc. Less known are the innovative agencies in the public sector focused on finding new and better ways to tackle social issues

Growing interest? Mapping the market for social finance in the youth sector

Publication 1 August 2011

The 11,000 organisations that comprised the voluntary and community youth sector (VCYS) in 2010 were (and are) under unprecedented pressure. This report considers the potential for social finance to not only address under-capitalisation, but also to grow the capacity and

Productivity in UK public services – what went wrong? What could go right?

Publication 1 August 2011

Cuts to public spending have hit services hard; and more reductions are on the way. The worst can only be avoided by a step-change in public service productivity services. Much scope for improvement is there – but only if the

Mapping social networks to improve public service delivery

Publication 1 July 2011

This presentation captures the findings from a project between Neighbourhood Management in King’s Lynn, the Young Foundation and Insight 1st, working with Netform social network analysis software. The aim of the project was to use social network analysis (SNA) to

Informing Investment in Youth Work: Measuring value and strengthening the evidence base

Publication 30 June 2011

We believe that managing the transition between youth and adulthood better is vitally important in improving outcomes for young people. However there is a lack of evidence about what works in this area. Further, such evidence as exists is not

The Way to Work: Young People Speak Out on Transitions to Employment

Publication 1 May 2011

The world of work and transitions to adulthood and independence are in a state of flux. Young people negotiating their transitions to adulthood are faced with unprecedented choice and opportunity, but also far greater levels of uncertainty and risk. The

Social Impact Investment: The opportunity and challenge of Social Impact Bonds

Publication 1 March 2011

The spending squeeze in the UK from 2008 onwards means that there is more interest than ever, both in tools to achieve greater value, and ones that can tap new sources of finance for social goals. Different approaches to investment

Connect: Patients and the Power of Data

Publication 1 March 2011

Information is the lifeblood of high quality healthcare. There have been huge technological advances about how it can be used and by whom, which have been under utilised by the NHS. It is now possible to give people control over

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