NPC welcomes the announcement of the government’s intention to develop a new cross-Whitehall strategy for civil society. Ultimately this new strategy will be a test of how powerful the Office of Civil Society is now it’s not in a cross-cutting department such as the Cabinet Office.
Organisations working to address the social determinants of health help to keep us well, says new research NPC in partnership with the Health Foundation and Sir Michael Marmot’s Institute of Health Equity. The report helps charities that do not have a health focus understand the evidence about how their social interventions improve people’s health. Addressing these could decrease overall demand and expense in the long term, and can help to keep people well.
Earlier this week the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) announced that their Charity Tax Commission will be chaired by Sir Nicholas Montagu, a former chairman of Inland Revenue, which gives assurance that this will be an independent review albeit run from NCVO. We very much welcome this review and Dan Corry has agreed to be one of the commissioners.
Commenting on the publication of the book Kids, which looks at Kids Company’s closure, NPC’s Chief Executive Dan Corry says the Kids Company case demonstrates the need for robust evidence on effectiveness, including data on outcomes.
NPC, in partnership with the Centre for Youth Impact, is leading a consortium of partners who have been appointed as learning and impact providers for the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) in order to support YIF grantees to understand and measure their impact. YIF is a £40 million investment funded by DCMS and the Big Lottery Fund.
Speaking in advance of a seminar on strengthening civil society, NPC CEO Dan Corry calls for a wide ranging review of the finance available to charities due to tax reliefs to see if they should be reconfigured to better help the sector. For this review to be most effective, it should be led by HMRC with direct charity sector input.
NPC gives a statement on the publication of the Charity Governance Code.
NPC, as part of its work for Inspiring Impact, is working with the Maddox Group, a group of some of the largest NHS Charities, to develop a set of tools and approaches that will help these charities understand and improve their impact.
A new report from NPC highlights how technology is enabling us to gather different types of data on bigger scales, and how increased data availability and processing power enables us to gain insights in ways not previously possible. In the context of decreased funding and increased need, the improved understanding of effectiveness offered by these approaches is critical.
The Impact Management Programme announces the first grantees of its Impact for Growth strand. Eleven charities and social enterprises will receive grants totaling almost £500,000 to improve their impact management systems and processes.