NPC Labs is a sketchbook, drawing board and very ambitious to-do list all rolled in to one. A place where we can think out loud, debate new ideas and move from thinking on our own to thinking as part of a wider community.
The road to increased efficiency is often perceived as a journey where data and its collection feel like an obstacle rather than a compass for navigating through the maze of service design decisions. But it does not have to be this way.
Our Data Labs project aims to open up government administrative data to the social sector. That way, charities, funders, government bodies and social enterprises can better understand the impact of their services on beneficiaries.
The social sector has the power to turn the data revolution happening all around us into a cultural and systemic shift of such magnitude that it could change service provision fundamentally. Used for good, data has the power to radically transform our sector, and the lives of the people we serve.
We're pleased to announce we'll be leading a consortium of evaluation and learning providers for the Building Connections Fund—an £11.5m investment to tackle loneliness, funded by the UK Government, the Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation.
Spark Inside deliver coaching in prisons to encourage rehabilitation, reduce violence and lower reoffending. Their CEO, Baillie Aaron, will be speaking at NPC Ignites and here sets out the challenges of evaluating programmes with incarcerated people and how they used co-design to overcome them.
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