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New Philanthropy Capital (NPC);
Trusts and foundations are increasingly looking to become agents of social change themselves as well as funders of it—asking themselves whether providing more than direct services might make more of a difference. Two common ways that funders do this are through providing support to help organisations develop their capacity, and by using a funder's influence to advocate for change. Here we focus on the latter, looking at influencing practices of funders from around the world—exploring the methods that these take, the evidence for whether it works and how funders can approach impact measurement.
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC);
Trusts and foundations are increasingly looking to become agents of social change themselves as well as funders of it—asking themselves whether providing more than direct services might make more of a difference. Two common ways that funders do this are through providing support to help organisations develop their capacity, and by using a funder's influence to advocate for change. Here we focus on the former, looking at organisational development support provided by funders from around the world—exploring the types of support given, the evidence for whether it works, and how funders can approach impact measurement.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation;
In 2016 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, together with the Blagrave Trust, surveyed UK charities on whether funder were fit for the 21st Century. From the (anonymised) responses, it appeared clearly that many charities feel that funders are getting it wrong on learning.They have written this report for the organisations they fund. They have made a lot of changes over the last two years towards a goal of shared learning and they want the people they fund to see what they are learning from what they have been told, and how they are starting to make changes as a result. They hope this report will also be useful to other funders as well.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF);
CAF has been producing the UK Giving report since 2004, and has been tracking giving in the UK for several decades. In that time, there have been a number of changes to how the study is conducted in terms of approach and questions asked. As it is mentioned within last year's report, they listened to charities and their thirst for greater knowledge about giving behaviours in the UK and took the decision to move to a monthly tracking study rather than interviewing at four separate points in the year. This report covers the first year in which the research has been conducted monthly through YouGov's online panel.
Suicide Statistics Report 2017: Including data for 2013-2015
Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF);
Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners was a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative 2012 – 2016. The overall aim was to influence the museum and gallery sector to:
* Place community needs, values and active collaboration at the core of museum and gallery work
* Involve communities and individuals in decision-making processes
* Ensure that museums and galleries play an effective role in developing community skills and the skills of staff in working with communities
This was to be done through facilitation of organisational change in specific museums and galleries already committed to active partnership with communities.
Our Museum offered a collaborative learning process through which institutions and communities shared experiences and learned from each other as critical friends. Our Museum took place at a difficult and challenging time for both museums and their community partners. Financial austerity led to major cutbacks in public sector expenditure; a search for new business models; growing competition for funding; and organisational uncertainty and staff volatility. At the same time, the debate at the heart of Our Museum widened and intensified: what should the purpose of longestablished cultural institutions be in the 21st century; how do they maintain relevance and resonance in the contemporary world; how can they best serve their communities; can they, and should they, promote cultural democracy?
University College London (UCL) Press;
Daniel Miller spent 18 months undertaking an ethnographic study with the residents of an English village, tracking their use of the different social media platforms. Following his study, he argues that a focus on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram does little to explain what we post on social media. Instead, the key to understanding how people in an English village use social media is to appreciate just how 'English' their usage has become. He introduces the 'Goldilocks Strategy': how villagers use social media to calibrate precise levels of interaction ensuring that each relationship is neither too cold nor too hot, but 'just right'.
He explores the consequences of social media for groups ranging from schoolchildren through to the patients of a hospice, and he compares these connections to more traditional forms of association such as the church and the neighbourhood. Above all, Miller finds an extraordinary clash between new social media that bridges the private and the public domains, and an English sensibility that is all about keeping these two domains separate.
European Foundation Centre (EFC);
In order to share important learnings from projects that have the potential to be replicated by other foundations, the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and its network of Regional Foundations has conducted research on successful initiatives promoted by European foundations that have a geographically defined focus for their activities. The aim of the research is to start sharing practices that may inspire the design of similar initiatives in other regions. The initiatives selected for the study have proved to bring positive results in the context of their implementation and have the potential for being replicated in other contexts. A tool mapping the selected initiatives is also available online: http://regional.efc.be/
Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR);
This report presents a picture of evaluation within primarily larger trusts and foundations in the UK. It is based on the findings of an online survey completed by 34 trusts and foundations – 94% of whom awarded grants of more than £1m in 2013/14.
The survey was designed to address a need for information about the positioning, resourcing and uses of evaluation in trusts and foundations which was highlighted at the inaugural convening of the UK Evaluation Roundtable in March 2014.
Specifically, the survey aimed to:
Understand the range of evaluative activities that trusts and foundations are undertaking and how these activities are being organised and invested in.
Explore perceptions about how well trusts and foundations are making use of evaluative information to inform their work.
Explore the challenges that trusts and foundations are facing in relation to their evaluation practices.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF);
CAF's Young Trustees Guide examines the challenges that can prevent young people from becoming trustees, as well as exploring the benefits to the organizations who go out of their way to get young people involved in their governance. The guide also gives charities advice on how they can make young trustees feel welcome, as well as case studies setting out just some of the different structures that charities use as a way of giving young people the skills needed to become trustees.
This evaluation was originally commissioned as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2013/14, selected for review under the policy influence thematic area. However, due to the limitations of the evaluation this report provides a light-touch evaluation of the impacts of Oxfam's work in several schools across London and the South East. The research was carried out in March 2014 as part of the ‘Youth and Schools’ project in the England.
The evaluation assessed the extent to which young people had changed their knowledge, attitudes and practices on issues of global citizenship as a result of targeted programme activities. The evaluation tested the assumptions that effective partnerships with schools through the programme leads to whole school approaches to global citizenship; that classroom based activities and resources enable teachers to better deliver global citizenship learning; and that encouragement of youth action in schools through Youth Ambassadors leads to the development of skills for taking action on global poverty amongst young people.
Consortium for Policy Research in Education;
This policy brief examines the evolution of the educational leadership development system in England to see what ideas American leaders and policymakers might take from looking transnationally. The brief is based on a more in-depth examination of that leadership development system described in a CPRE research report entitled "Building a Lattice for School Leadership: The Top-to-Bottom Rethinking of Leadership Development in England and What It Might Mean for American Education". The research report was based upon a year of research on school leadership in England that included extensive background research, site visits to schools and leadership programs, and over 20 interviews with government officials, teachers and school leaders, university researchers, union officials, and both forprofit and non-profit school leadership providers.