Knowledge and Learning for social organisations aiming to grow or ‘scale-up’

on 18 January 2018

'Knowledge and Learning' can help social projects who want to grow or scale up. In this guide we suggest that there are three broad areas or questions that 'Knowledge and Learning' could cover for projects that are growing, and we cover each of these in-turn. The overall aim is to maximise the quality, effectiveness and impact of projects.


Assessing the impact practices of impact investments

on 15 January 2018

A light-touch and practical framework for comparing an organisation’s approach to impact against best practice.


Choosing an electronic case management system for your organisation

on 12 January 2018

Choosing the correct electronic data system or CRM for your organisation can be tricky. There are many things you need consider to ensure it will be suitable for your organisation. This paper is a guide for charities and other social sector organisations who are taking the steps to implement a new database.


How to create an Impact Data Lab

on 29 November 2017

This paper presents the core factors that have enabled us to advocate for Data Labs—a model that unlocks government data to help organisations understand their impact on social issues.

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Five types of data for assessing your work: An explainer

on 29 September 2017

NPC has worked with many charities and social enterprises over the years to help them work out what data they need to understand and improve their work. It can be a confusing question, and sometimes even the word 'data' puts people off. Here our head of impact management James Noble introduces the different kinds of information organisations can collect.

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How can you tell if your campaign is shifting the dial?

on 21 April 2017

Now we have another general election around the corner, many charities will be gearing up to get their causes up the policy agenda. But in such a complex and ever-changing environment—where attitudes and the policy agenda are affected by a million different factors—how can campaigners know if their efforts are having an impact?

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Foundation boards must ask: Are we being ambitious enough?

on 30 March 2017 , -3 minute read

How much a foundation pays out goes to their heart of its mission. But many boards do not regularly consider how much money they are giving away over all, and whether this fits with what they're trying to achieve. So how can trustees guard against being too conservative in their spending?


How to make a strategy for impact

on 13 March 2017

‘A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.’ We've updated of our free guide to charity strategy with some fresh thinking. Here Sally Bagwell introduces our approach and outlines some key principles for developing a strategy.


How to close a charity

on 15 February 2017

A charity closing is not a bad thing if it benefits its users. When news hit last September that leading childcare charity 4Children had ceased operating, NPC’s CEO Dan Corry argued that charity sector should learn from this type of event. The charity, it seemed, had managed to close in a way that did minimal damage to its beneficiaries and staff—a major coup. So what went right? We spoke to it’s former and final CEO to learn from their successful closure.


Designing digitally: Start with the need, not the technology

on 31 January 2017

Andrew Weston outlines two key questions charities must ask themselves when designing a digital product or service.


Should trustees be expected to donate to the charities they serve?

on 24 January 2017

Putting all your eggs in one basket, or your money where your mouth is? Views differ as to whether trustees should be expected to donate money as well as time to the charities they serve. Ruth Gripper explores the arguments for and against.

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Education, enterprise, evidence (and the Eighteenth Century?)

on 14 December 2016

Terms like 'start-up' and 'social enterprise' sound like brand new approaches to pervasive social issues. But, as he explains below, James Noble has found that the model is not quite as new as we might think. And like the social enterprises of old, modern ventures need a solid approach to understanding and improving the success of their work. Read about an 'olde worlde' approach to social impact, and our guide for today's start-ups.