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.


Long read: Reflections of an accidental data campaigner

on 29 November 2017

This is the story of how a shy data geek decided to break out from behind the computer screen to advocate for better use of government data to help social causes. With four years leading our Data Lab project under her belt, Tracey Gyateng charts some of the highs, lows and lessons learnt from her time campaigning for better use of data.


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.


Towards a new relationship with the state

on 24 November 2017

The research from our recent State of the Sector work examined the building blocks for a new relationship between charities and the state, we then explored this conversation further at our annual conference, NPC Ignites. In this blog Erica Bertolotto shares her insights from this session.

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How funders can unlock good charity governance

on 10 November 2017

Charities require strong boards in order to be effective. So it's surprising that there are not more funders investing in improved governance. Ahead of trustees week, Sonali Patel gives 3 ways funders can support better trusteeship.


GDPR: It’s not just about fundraising

on 2 November 2017

G.D.P.R. Four letters that have sent a collective shiver down the spine of the charity sector lately. Much of the discussion has been gloomy, and much of it has focused on the impact on charity fundraising. Tracey Gyateng explains why this shouldn't be the case, and gives her top tips for charities working to get on top of it all.


User mapping techniques: A guide for the social sector

on 2 November 2017

This guide outlines how user mapping techniques can be used to better understand people's lived experiences and drive impact.


Stop quoting Latin in your board meetings

on 18 October 2017

The voluntary sector's board diversity and inclusivity issue is well known. How do we tackle this? Grace Wyld shares insights from a recent NPC event on the topic.

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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.


15 years of NPC: What I’ve learned

on 22 September 2017

15 years doesn’t sound long, but it means we're older than Twitter, the X factor and the financial crash. So we've seen a few things. Here our longest serving member of staff and head of our charities team, Iona Joy, shares her top lessons from a decade and a half of trying to do good better.


How do non-health charities help reduce health inequalities?

on 12 September 2017

The UK's life expectancy is falling behind other countries in Europe, according to new analysis. There are plenty of things that affect the nation's health, which means even the work of non-health charities may be helping keep people well. At NPC we're working on a guide to help voluntary sector organisations better understand the social determinants of health. Katie Boswell explains.