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How to do situation analysis when everything is changing

on 9 February 2021 , 7 minute read

You need to know where you are now before mapping out where you’d like to get to. But how do you do this when everything is changing?

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What to do as a trustee of a struggling charity

on 8 February 2021 , 6 minute read

Five things to keep in mind when times are tough.

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Nicola Pritchard

Where next for online charity retail?

on 5 February 2021 , 4 minute read

The pandemic has greatly reduced charity trading income and has accelerated shifts in consumer behaviour. Here's four innovations in online retail that charities could harness and develop further.

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Driving data-led decision-making with the Local Needs Databank

By Amelia Smith
on 28 January 2021 , 5 minute read

Our Local Needs Databank helps charities and funders understand existing needs and support provisions across the UK. This blog sets out how our data dashboards can help you better target your work and how your charity can help our databank grow.

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Show The Salary: A campaign about power

By Michelle Man and the Show The Salary campaign
on 26 January 2021 , 4 minute read

Hiding salaries on job adverts deters applicants and it means that people often cannot access a fair wage. Here's how one campaign is combatting this inequity and helping to redress power imbalances within the charity sector.

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Rose Anderson

How to maximise user involvement opportunities in an age of social distancing

on 21 January 2021 , 5 minute read

Co-design happens when a charity and its stakeholders work together to design or rethink a service. But how can we encourage user participation at a time of lockdowns and social distancing? This blog shares useful insights into how to involve users in service design or improvement during a pandemic.

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Shaping the story of the crisis in 2021

on 14 January 2021 , 4 minute read

The narrative around this crisis has the potential to be a powerful national story, both for good or for ill. Looking forward to the year ahead, civil society needs to use its voice and harness civic pride to make the story of 2021 a story of hope, compassion and change.

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Abigail Rose

How to build upon recent changes to place-based coordination

on 12 January 2021 , 4 minute read

In October, we released interim findings from our 'Coordination in place' project, which aims to investigate place-based local action during the Covid-19 pandemic. How can charities, funders and commissioners continue to improve local collaboration?

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How we can solve systemic failure in the criminal justice system

on 6 January 2021 , 4 minute read

The pandemic has led to charities being shut out of prisons and prisoners being locked up for 23 hours a day. What’s more, funders feel that change is too hard to achieve in the criminal justice system. Here’s how a systems map could help funders and charities have an impact in prisons.

Rethinking grant-making

on 18 December 2020

We need a more resilient, more equitable, more progressive future for our sector. In this blog, Clare Wilkins sets out how we can rethink grant-making.

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Seth Reynolds

Preventing the ping-back: Turning system shifts into systems change

on 14 December 2020 , 5 minute read

Covid-19 stopped the machine and catapulted us into an era of widespread system change. Or maybe not. Systems are stubborn and the changes we have seen were in fact temporary. How do we prevent the ping back?

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Alex Miller

Good governance is rewarding

on 9 December 2020 , 3 minute read

Reward your trustees for their work during this crisis and learn from those who showed resilience over this tough period.

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