How can you tell if your campaign is shifting the dial?

NPC’s blog features opinion, news and debate around key issues affecting charities and funders. As well as posts by our own expert team, we feature guest bloggers from across the voluntary sector: from front-line charities to philanthropy advisors, grant-makers to government commissioners.

Read our take on the sector’s important questions, join in the discussion and share your views.

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Charities: take charge

Today NPC publishes new research from our state of the sector programme involving around 400 charity leaders. Here, NPC’s head of Policy and External Affairs Patrick Murray gives a brief overview of what we found.

Making sense of systems change: 3 things I’ve learned

Systems change can be infuriatingly abstract and riddled with jargon. But getting to grips with it provides realism about what creates and sustains social problems. And it helps us challenge our own role within systems: are we solving or perpetuating problems? So argues Rob Abercrombie, who here shares what he’s discovered about systems change that have helped him get to grips with approach.

Long read: Theories of change are here to stay

The theory of change approach has been around for a while now, and many charities use it to help them be more strategic about their work and their impact measurement. But it has had its fair share of criticism and skepticism over the years. Here, NPC’s Impact Management Lead James Noble tackles some of these challenges, and remakes the case for charities to develop theories of change to help guide their work.

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