Funders can set a powerful precedent by involving service users

on 7 November 2017

It has been broadly accepted by charities from across the sector that listening to users is not only the moral thing to do—it’s also the smart and logical thing to do. So, how do funders fit into all of this?


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.

Dan Corry

Giving the voluntary sector some space to think

on 4 October 2017

NPC's CEO Dan Corry wrote recently: ‘There are a lot of very good people in the charity and social enterprise sector, but they have no bloody time to think.’ Here he talks over our upcoming annual conference, designed to help organisations lift their heads from the day-to-day and explore cutting-edge thinking.


Long read: Charities’ prison access problem and the promise of digital

on 19 September 2017

An acute public sector worker crisis in our prisons means that some officers are too understaffed to safely unlock prisoners to take part in purposeful activity. For charities working to support prison residents, this is a real problem. Grace Wyld looks at the importance of accessible prisons, and how digital solutions might help.


Where next for the Health Data Lab?

on 14 September 2017

In spring we wrote a letter, backed by 24 charities, to the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, outlining the need for a Health Data Lab. Find out what he thought, and what comes next.


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.


What’s next for the State of the Sector?

on 29 August 2017

Throughout the summer we launched a series of pieces from our State of the Sector programme on how charity sector leaders can adapt and thrive in this changing context. Over the autumn months we’ll be putting on a series of events to expand this work. Find out how you can get involved.


Yes we can: Wisdom from the sector’s boldest thinkers

on 21 July 2017

We know that charitable organisations are struggling in the midst sweeping social, political, and economic changes. But we also know that with boldness and imagination it is possible to adapt and improve in the face of adversity. Here Patrick Murray, NPC's Head of Policy and External Affairs, introduces our work to bring to light some examples of transformative thinking.


Learning how to move with change

on 19 June 2017

The great urban theorist Marshall Berman that you have to be adept at moving with change, rather than just against it. At NPC we've been researching how well charities are doing this. George Hoare explains why we hope the next stage of this research will inspire charities to face uncertainty with creativity.

Headshot of David Britton from insurers Ecclesiastical

Let’s get together: Navigating the risks of collaboration

By David Britton
on 7 June 2017

There’s growing recognition that partnering with those that share your mission is a sensible way of delivering greater impact. But it’s likely that the operational, financial and strategic risks involved may be acting as a barrier to some charities collaborating more. Here David Britton, Charity Director at specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, gives some tips on getting a handle on these risks.


Charities: take charge

on 24 May 2017

Today NPC publishes new research from our state of the sector programme involving around 400 charity leaders. Here, NPC's head of Policy and External Affairs Patrick Murray gives a brief overview of what we found.

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Long read: Theories of change are here to stay

on 16 May 2017

The theory of change approach has been around for a while now, and many charities use it to help them be more strategic about their work and their impact measurement. But it has had its fair share of criticism and skepticism over the years. Here, NPC's Impact Management Lead James Noble tackles some of these challenges, and remakes the case for charities to develop theories of change to help guide their work.