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Opening presentation, 9.30am

NPC's Chief Executive, Dan Corry, will open NPC Ignites.

Panel discussion—Future of the social sector, 10.30am

Against the backdrop of Covid-19, Brexit and inequality, charities must seek out innovative approaches. We explore how the sector is recovering, rebuilding and resurging.

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Panel discussion—What does social justice look like in the UK?, 2pm

We explore the inequalities exposed by Covid-19 and how, through understanding the social determinants of health, the social sector can work together for social justice.

Plenary—Day 2

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Panel discussion—The future of philanthropy, 10.30am

As we emerge from the initial Covid-19 crisis and begin to build back better, we need to reflect on what good philanthropy looks like. Explore how we can embrace the changes made during the crisis and how we take them even further.

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Question time, 2pm

Inspired but don’t know how to take today’s ideas forward? Unsure how to break down the barriers you are facing? What should funders to do differently? What must the government listen to? What is the elephant in the room?

Closing presentation—A foundation’s innovative approach to creating a more just, equitable and resilient world, 3.45pm

Sarah Gordon, Impact Investing Institute in conversation with Debra Schwartz, MacArthur Foundation.
At the conference’s closing session we will hear from one of the world’s largest foundations as to how they are responding to the twin crises of Covid-19 and racial injustice, and driving the systemic change that is required for an equitable recovery from the pandemic.

Breakout sessions—Day 1

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LIVE—Rethink, rebuild: How systems thinking can help navigate our changed landscape, 12.10pm

Coronavirus has shown us why systems thinking is no longer optional.

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LIVE—Investing for Impact: A foundation’s journey to using all of their assets for social change , 3.45pm

Foundations across the world are rethinking their investment policies and considering whether impact investment is suitable for them. NPC’s head of impact investing, Plum Lomax, interviews thought-leader Danielle Walker Palmour, Director of the Friends Provident Foundation, on what's been hard, what they've learned, and what they've gained.

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Mergers and sharing models: Joining forces for a greater impact

Charities can achieve more together. Yet with crisis decisions having to be made quickly, many leaders feel they have no time to forge effective alliances. What can we learn from previous mergers and sharing models? What makes them effective and how can they help the sector through the covid crisis?

The history of philanthropy

This session will explore where philanthropy money and attitudes have come from, what this means for giving today, and what responsibilities funders have to ensure they are giving well.

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When research meets practice: Learning from the shared evaluation of the Youth Investment Fund (YIF)

We share NPC's and the Centre for Youth Impact’s YIF evaluation approach, co-designed with c90 youth providers. We explore some of the early findings from the evaluation, with reflections from the National Lottery Community Fund and YIF grant holders.

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What is the State of the Sector, eight months into the Covid-19 crisis?

Falling incomes and rising demand makes the perfect storm. We are already seeing redundancies and some charities beginning to fail. But what do we really know? And what can we know, in an evolving situation, in a sector that is terrible at sharing its data?

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How evaluation approaches among small charities have shifted during the pandemic: Insights from Inspiring Impact and ChEW

Charities are thinking much more about data and asking what they need to know about their beneficiary needs, potential demand, user profile and user engagement. We discuss insights from Inspiring Impact and the Charities Evaluation Working Group on how they supported small charities to make evidence based decisions, future measurement practices for small charities, and the implications for funders.

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Carry on collaborating - how can the spirit of the crisis be maintained for the future?

Covid-19 created a rallying point for many charities, funders, mutual aid organisations, social businesses and local government bodies. What can we learn about the places where this worked, and where it didn’t? How can we build collaborations which last beyond the initial crisis, for the benefit of people, places and causes?

Breakout sessions—Day 2

LIVE—Can charities better use the law to fight for a fairer society?, 9.20am

From ‘activist lawyers’ who stop the government deporting people illegally, to Shelter fighting for it to be illegal for landlords to discriminate against people on housing benefit, we have seen how useful the law can be in fighting for equality. However, this tactic isn’t without risks—and is increasingly under threat from government.

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Funding during Covid-19: What has changed and where do we go now?

How have funding practices adapted to the Covid-19 crisis? And how can the sector get through the difficult times ahead?


LIVE—Governance and decision making through a crisis: How can charity leaders navigate the Covid-19 recovery?

As we start to prepare for the future, charity boards and leadership teams must seize opportunities, manage risks and embrace change. Explore how governance and decision-making changed during the crisis, what worked and what didn’t, how good governance will help charities navigate recovery, and how we can encourage better decision-making.

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Client Earth: A theory of change case study

Amy Rose, Director of Litigation, Compliance & MEL at ClientEarth, talks to NPC's Liz Gadd about why the team chose a theory of change approach, their experience so far and their role as thought-leaders in environmental litigation impact measurement.

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LIVE—Open source data: Why the sector should be sharing more

The potential of data, data sharing, and data-based decision making remains untapped. We share examples of open source tools, how open source data has helped charities, and discuss how to get started with data sharing and what it means in practice for charities to share their data and triangulate it with other datasets.

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Maintaining involvement and community through Covid-19

Pause is a national charity that works with women who have experienced – or are at risk of experiencing – repeat removals of children from their care.
Pause successfully works with women that many other services fail to engage, and those women contribute greatly to the Pause community. This sense of community has maintained, even through lockdown, and in this discussion session, women and staff from Pause reflect with Rosie McLeod, NPC on what it means to be involved and why it is so important.

Meaningful co-design with young people: how to manage complexity in digital product development

Digital projects are more effective when created in collaboration with those the digital solution aims to help. This event explores our approach to user involvement in collaborative digital projects.

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How to evaluate digital services

Charities are increasingly developing digital services to better connect with their communities, save money and increase their impact. But how can charities make sure the digital services they offer are having an impact?

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How to develop an agile strategy

As the Covid-19 crisis demonstrates, the environment charities and funders are operating in is changing faster than ever. How can charities and funders keep their strategy relevant in the face of such change? We outline how to develop more agile strategies for programmes and organisations.

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How to develop a learning culture

This session will explore how to involve everyone in thinking about impact, how to overcome common pitfalls and challenges in developing a learning culture, and how to demonstrate to your team why data and evidence matter to their work.

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Theory of change in ten steps

A theory of change process encourages us to reflect on our aims and plans, to discuss them with others and to make them explicit. We see this process as the foundation of charity strategy, evaluation and communication. This session will run through how to develop a theory of change, based on our guidance Theory of change in ten steps.