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.

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NPC at the Campbell Collaboration colloquium – measuring charities and well-being

On the 20th of May I was in Oslo speaking at the Campbell Collaboration 2009 colloquium on the importance of charities measuring their results, and subjective well-being in particular. The Campbell Collaboration does a great job of bringing together researchers and policy makers to discuss the latest evidence, measurement methods, and issues surrounding the interaction of social policy, research and

Forthcoming mergers report and press reaction

NPC has been on the front cover of Third Sector magazine [the UK charitable sector’s weekly trade publication] twice during May – once for our trusteeship report and once for Martin’s speech to a conference of charity finance directors. Both appearances have contained a critical stance on charities (for their governance and their willingness to measure performance). At the end

Health, Shadow Health and what commissioners are up to

Andrew Lansley was in full flow at the RSA this morning: the title of the lecture being ‘Improving health outcomes for all’ – except his speech was really about ‘what Alan Johnson hasn’t done’ and how Andrew hates targets. We only got onto what Andrew meant by health outcomes when he answered the final question of the morning. His vision

Commissioning research – worth getting right

Went to the NCVO policy forum seminar on Thursday about commissioning research. It wasn’t WHY as dry as it sounds, and well-attended by some interesting charities I’d never met before. The highlight for me though was to hear that when Age Concern commissioned welcome! some research recently, it opted for the bidder that didn’t tick all the boxes – and

Charities need to share information on how they measure impact

Yesterday Martin Brookes, our chief exec was keynote speaker to at the packed out Charity Finance Directors’ Group badnaa (CFDG) annual conference.In his speech Martin argued that charities aren’t supporting cheap nfl jerseys sector-wide efforts to promote impact, holding up the failure of the ImpACT coalition as an example. He wholesale nba jerseys also called on cheap jerseys online charities

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