Publications

NPC produces high quality, independent research into the charity sector. Our reports explore how charities and funders are tackling the UK’s social problems and share lessons and practical insights.

My best life: priorities for digital technology in the youth sector

Over the past twelve months, we have been working with a group of young people experiencing multiple disadvantages in the London Borough of Camden. We sought to understand their experiences—as told in their own words—and identify how digital technology could help.

The interactive map below is a digital version of the map we created in workshops with young people. Download the report for more detail about our approach and what we found. Or dip into the possibilities to find how technology could help young people navigate their journey towards what they call their ‘best life’.

Thinking big: How to use theory of change for systems change

We think that, applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders to take a systemic approach to their work. This report identifies five common pitfalls that organisations fall into when using theory of change, and walks through five rules of thumb that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.

Tapping the potential

A learning report, researched and authored by NPC for The Richmond Group of Charities. It captures learning from the initial stages of an approach to building meaningful collaboration between the voluntary sector and public bodies.

Collaborating for great impact report front cover

Collaborating for greater impact

A joint project between NPC, Mowat NFP, and Imagine Canada, this paper defines the data ecosystem, summarises the charitable data policy context, and highlights key challenges and emerging trends. It provides actionable recommendations to build a more enabling environment for data collection, analysis and sharing.

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