Guides - NPC

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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.

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Retaining and empowering volunteers through and beyond Covid-19

on 15 April 2021 , 5 minute read

The pandemic has shone a spotlight on volunteers and accelerated some trends that were already in progress before Covid-19 hit. What should trustees be doing to ensure their charity is harnessing the power of volunteers?

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How to prioritise and make strategic decisions

By Michelle Man and Ché Ramsden
on 24 March 2021 , 4 minute read

Prioritisation is the cornerstone of any coherent strategy and the current uncertainty requires you to be agile and responsive. With the help of Amnesty International UK's recent strategy work, this blog shares how to prioritise more effectively.

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How to do situation analysis when everything is changing

By and Rachel Tait
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?