With great power comes great responsibility

on 20 September 2016

It's no secret that a power imbalance exists between grant-makers and their grantees. So it's important that funders are aware of how this imbalance could negatively affect the social impact they are trying to achieve. Oliver Carrington outlines three key things funders should consider to help them harness this power in a more effective way.


3 ways to improve your impact practice

on 19 August 2016

Many charities, funders and social enterprises are committed to learning and improving, but are stretched for time, resources and know-how. Cecilie Hestbaek, who leads the Inspiring Impact programme, outlines three easy and free ways to help busy organisations improve their impact practice.


Making sense of payment by results

By Russell Webster
on 5 August 2016

Payment by results is becoming an increasingly common commissioning model, but charities frequently struggle with it. Russell Webster talks through the issues, and introduces a new tool that aims to help organisations think through whether it is right for their service.


So you want to build an app…

on 12 May 2016

For many charities aware of the need to modernise, building an app can seem like a great way to step into the twenty first century. But is this the right approach? And how can charities ensure that their beneficiaries remain at the heart of the decision?


Should charities do deals with the commercial sector?

on 31 March 2016

Following recent high-profile criticisms, confusion reigns on how charities should behave in relation to the corporate world. Iona Joy explores the main issues charities should consider with regards to commercial tie-ups.


Making the most of the media

on 23 March 2016

NPC's Media Manager Russell Hargrave reflects on what charities can do to make sure they get a good audience with journalists, especially when the big news stories are turned against the sector.

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An ode to qualitative research

on 29 January 2016

Qualitative research is often misunderstood, and there has been a failure to recognise its value. Rosie McLeod explores the many benefits qualitative research can offer charities seeking to understand and improve the impact of their services.


7 great resources for small charities

on 22 January 2016

Size has an impact on how a charity operates, and working in a small organisation presents it own set of opportunities and challenges. Here are a few guides on how to make the most of being on the small side.


Devolution is an opportunity for charities—embrace it!

on 3 December 2015

As the government's devolution agenda gathers pace, Patrick Murray looks at the opportunities devolution holds for charities, and how the sector can make the most of them.

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Efficiency: What is it and how do we get it?

on 23 October 2015

Efficiency, particularly when charities are evaluating the work they do, is key to delivering services and to making the most of available resources. But for many charities it feels out of reach. With lessons learned from the recent NPC Ignites conference, Anne Kazimirski looks at a possible solution.


Impact or no impact? It’s a little more complicated than that…

on 20 October 2015

To evidence the impact of their work on the people they seek to help, Charities need numbers as well as stories. To celebrate World Statistics Day 2015, Farooq Sabri looks at how best to approach understanding data and statistics when evidencing impact.


Back to school: 9 steps to being a trusty trustee

on 14 September 2015

It needn’t be just kids heading back to school this month—if you’re a charity trustee, why not get back in the classroom and brush up your knowledge and skills? Here are our top nine ways to do so.