Guides - NPC


What the 2022 Queen’s speech means for the social sector

By and Theo Clay
on 12 May 2022 , 4 minute read

In sharp contrast with the ancient pageantry that surrounds the event, the Queen’s speech brings forward the new policies of government. The content also had a mix of new and old—some for charities to be pleased about and some which may raise concerns.

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How to close down a service or programme well

By and Mushfik Khan
on 3 March 2022 , 4 minute read

When planning an ending, an organisation has to consider numerous factors. However, if endings are done well, they can help sow the seeds for what comes next for your organisation.

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Healthy Planet, Healthy People

on 13 January 2022

How health funders can make a greater impact by supporting environmental work.

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Evaluating the Building Connections Fund

on 12 August 2021

Our guidance for grant-holders of the Building Connections Fund, which can be applied to other projects tackling loneliness. It is designed to complement the What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s guidance A Brief Guide to measuring loneliness.

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How can the social sector catch-up and keep up with the transition to net zero?

By and Liz Gadd
on 5 July 2021 , 4 minute read

If not managed well, some of the most vulnerable in our society could be hardest hit by the climate emergency. The social sector needs to engage with the transition to net carbon zero to ensure that no one is left behind by changes to the climate and climate related policy.


Theories of change for campaigning

on 24 June 2021

Traditional approaches to theory of change can be difficult to apply to campaigning, this guide explores how to overcome the challenges that campaigning situations pose and how to develop a theory of change for campaigning.

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Tips to help your remote project tackle loneliness

on 14 June 2021

The pandemic has taught us that continuous learning is key to adapting services to prevent or reduce loneliness during times of change.

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How to responsibly end funding relationships with charities

By Matthew Mannix and Charlotte Lamb
on 2 June 2021 , 4 minute read

Emergency grants made at the beginning of the pandemic are coming to an end. How should funders go about ending funding relationships with the organisations they support?

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Lessons from evaluating systems change progress during the pandemic

By Lewis Haines and Ben Fowler
on 26 May 2021 , 4 minute read

This is the second in a series of joint blogs by Collaborate and NPC. In this piece, we explore the impact of the pandemic on our systems change evaluation work and how the crisis has affected systems change progress.

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Evaluating systems change

By Ellen Care and Ben Fowler
on 21 May 2021 , 4 minute read

This joint blog by Collaborate and NPC details our work developing a maturity model for Save the Children UK’s Early Learning Communities programme.

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Where can charities work with metro mayors?

By and Leah Davis
on 11 May 2021 , 4 minute read

Voters in eight regions of England have elected metro mayors. As the country rebuilds from the pandemic and the levelling up agenda gathers pace, the charity sector must work with these newly elected mayors.


Field building for democracy

By and Michelle Man
on 21 April 2021 , 4 minute read

The UK democracy sector faces challenges similar to those faced by charities. Whether it’s building a thriving democracy or tackling homelessness, if we’re to achieve our charitable missions, we need to find ways to be more open and collaborative.