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What role for mergers in federated charities?

By Richard Litchfield
on 10 April 2018

A structure that that benefits from its diversity can still make use of consolidation argues Richard Litchfield, Chief Executive of Eastside Primetimers.

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How to make monitoring, evaluation, and learning work for complex change

By Micheal Moses
on 26 March 2018

Michael Moses of Global Integrity reflects on how he and his colleagues help their partner organisations use monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches to work towards systemic change.

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Built with grit (not the snow kind): Co-designed tools to support your impact management

By Sally Higham
on 12 March 2018

Charities and social enterprises need real support with their impact management. Announcing a new co-designed online platform to help with just that, Chair of the Impact Management Programme Sally Higham talks through these tools and celebrates the hard work that went into creating them.


Transition Advice Fund position paper

on 8 March 2018

Five key areas the Transition Advice Fund would like to see reflected in the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK Government and the EU. 

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Let’s embrace uncertainty to tackle systemic problems

By Julian Corner
on 7 March 2018

Julian Corner Chief Executive of the Lankelly Chase Foundation argues that as change rarely comes in the form we expect, our strategies to achieve it should be just as flexible.

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Introducing a joint evaluation programme for the youth sector

By Matt Hill
on 15 February 2018

NPC and the Centre for Youth Impact are leading the learning and impact strand of a £40m DCMS and the Big Lottery Fund programme that is funding around 86 open-access youth providers. This blog outlines five ways we are confronting the challenges of evaluation in open-access settings.


Why do we need diversity?

on 5 February 2018

Most charities believe boards should be diverse. But, according to our State of the Sector research, many are unsure what specific benefits diversity brings and how to achieve it. At a recent event for charity trustees we explored the benefits and challenges a diverse board can bring.


‘Talking about merging isn’t itself a risk’

on 29 January 2018

Organisations often only go public on mergers once the bumps have been ironed out and the deal is done. But this makes it very difficult for others to learn from the process. We recently spoke to the CEOs of two charities who are considering a merger, and are bucking the trend by talking about it openly. Read what insights they have to share.


There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 1

on 12 January 2018

Charity mergers are a divisive topic—viewed by some as a silver bullet, others as taboo. But both camps often overlook the myriad of reasons mergers can happen, and the form such consolidation takes. Showcasing early findings from our ongoing mergers research, Oliver Carrington looks to inject some nuance back into the discussion.


There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 2

on 12 January 2018

We need to improve the health of our conversations about mergers. Here Oliver Carrington talks through the different types of mergers that can help a charity at various stages of its development, giving real-world examples along the way.


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.

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Good lives, good health: how the voluntary sector helps to keep people well

By Sir Michael Marmot
on 16 November 2017

Stark and widespread health inequalities in the UK represent a striking social injustice. The impact that social factors have on our health mean that even charities that are not explicitly pursuing a health-focused mission are helping to keep people well. Leading expert on the social determinants of health Sir Michael Marmot introduces new research from NPC on the important role the voluntary sector plays in helping us live longer, healthier, lives.