Publications

NPC produces high quality, independent research into the charity sector. Our reports explore how charities and funders are tackling the UK’s social problems and share lessons and practical insights.

Systems change: A guide to what it is and how to do it

Systems change: A guide to what it is and how to do it

Systems change has been attracting the attention of those in the social sector who want to deal with the root causes of problems, but, despite the buzz, much of what is written is abstract in tone. With the support of LankellyChase Foundation we have produced this guide to plug a gap in the systems change literature—providing accessible material and recommendations for action.

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Times of change: Briefing on public sector commissioning

Public sector commissioning is a reality for many charities, and is therefore a significant part of the funding landscape that other funders need to understand. This briefing, originally prepared for the trustees of the Henry Smith Charity, outlines the issues grant-makers and philanthropists should consider.

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The Best Medicine? The importance of relationships for health and wellbeing

This joint research from NPC and Relate finds that good quality relationships matter for our health and wellbeing and can improve health outcomes; but long-term health conditions can also have a significant impact on our relationships. For relationships to be assets to our health and wellbeing they need to be resilient and robust, and so policy should reflect this by giving due attention to the importance of relationships in the health system.

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