Charities face a world where their context and challenges are always changing. At NPC we help them rise to those challenges but to do so, we have to understand their perception of that the issues are, and how this changes over time.
NPC’s State of the Sector programme is the most rigorous analysis of sector leader opinion, and how it changes over time.
Begun in 2017 and carried forward with our new 2020 program, this research helps the sector understand where it is behind and where it ahead, where it is vulnerable and where it is strong, where it’s actions aren’t matching up to its values and where its new ideas will come from.
Launching in March 2020, we’re currently undertaking the research that will form the backbone of State of the Sector 2020 at the moment. To find out more, including how to get involved, please get in touch.
About the 2017 research outputs
Our initial exploration, Boldness in times of change: Rethinking the charity sector for the future, outlines key challenges and opportunities for sector leaders. It makes the case for a bold and imaginative response to current challenges, and highlights ‘bright spots’ of practice throughout.
Next, we did some quantitative and qualitative research involving around 400 sector leaders over all. We published the findings from this research in Charities taking charge: Transforming to face a changing world. You can also view a short summary video of the research.
We are in the process of rerunning the survey—look out for this next year. If you are interested in supporting the work get in contact with us.
Flipping the narrative: Essays on transformation from the sector’s boldest voices is the third product of this research. It showcases approaches and ideas from leaders across the sector who are taking bold, innovative action to transform the way they deliver impact. It is a springboard, a rally cry to the sector, and a source of ideas and motivation to transform and move forward.
Tell us what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #StateoftheSector.
Key outputs from the State of the Sector programme
Here we publish 16 essays from innovative leaders in the social sector. They're thinking about, and putting into action, new ways of achieving social change for the causes and beneficiaries their organisations exist to serve. This is third output from NPC's #StateoftheSector programme.
NPC's research on the State of the Sector involving 400 charity leaders. The findings hold up a mirror to the sector and highlight examples of those charities leading the way.
Rethinking the charity sector for the future > the first output of our State of the Sector programme.
Charities are not insulated from the uncertainty of Brexit. It has created upheaval in our markets and our politics, and these will ripple in the direction of the voluntary sector.
In the private sector, the move towards greater board diversity has been building for years now. And as a result, a compelling case has been made for how it can boost organisations' performance. Reflecting on a recent NPC roundtable, Julia Oliver argues that the third sector needs to step up and follow suit. She offers some ideas as to why and how trustees should open themselves up to get different skills, insights and perspectives on board.
At NPC, we've been talking a lot about the need for charities to build and strengthen their relationships. Drawing on the content of our recent State of the Sector report, Patrick Murray focuses on one relationship in particular: that between charities and local government. He explains why both parties need to rethink how they work together for the benefit of the communities they serve.
Everyone seems to be thinking about the future at the moment, not least because we suddenly know so little about what it could hold. NPC's CEO Dan Corry explains what we're doing to help ensure a bright future for the voluntary sector.
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.