Social enterprise MBA, social banking

Two items recently added to VolResource web pages.

On Professional Development: University of Greenwich’s Executive MBA has Social Enterprise as one of its specialist strands, new for 2016 postgraduate programme. Also see Pioneers Post news article. Applications are currently open.

On Research Resources: Institute for Social Banking is an educational and research organisation based in Germany, promoting a “concept of finance and banking that specifically orients itself towards a perception of and responsibility for the development of both people and planet”.

Public policy and governance in the wake of Kids Company

A lot has been written about the problems encountered by Kids Company and its eventual collapse, much of it hot air. Coverage of Olive Cooke’s death too. Here’s a selection of the more interesting and useful material spotted so far.

Tackling governance and other possible weaknesses

From NCVO, ‘Trustee Responsibilities: committed to the cause but no finance expert?‘ has some useful tips.

The role of trustees in difficult times – lessons from Beat Bullying closure as well as Kids Company, on The Guardian. » Continue reading news item ... “Public policy and governance in the wake of Kids Company”

Uneven distribution of charitable grant giving

The new publication ‘Sector Insight: UK Grant-making Trusts and Foundations 2015’, with analysis of 2,500 grant-making charities, also includes an exploration of geographical distribution and the (narrow) range of causes covered by the grants given.

Charities Aid Foundation’s blog takes a look the what this reveals about the mismatch between demand and supply in philanthropy, and also the low level of feedback to failed grant applicants. » Continue reading news item ... “Uneven distribution of charitable grant giving”

Spreading online impact resources

The Inspiring Impact programme is to get Lottery funding to expand the reach of its existing tools – organisation self-assessment impact measurement tool ‘Measuring Up’ and the Inspiring Impact Hub directory of resources. The grant will cover three years work, and should increase analysis of the impact of charity work. See Civil Society News coverage.

NPC has also  just published an evaluation of the last 3 years of the programme, its impact on the sector and those who have used its tools. » Continue reading news item ... “Spreading online impact resources”

Scottish communities in decision making

Over 10 years after Community Planning Partnerships were formed across Scotland, the third sector experience of them has been mixed. Voluntary Action Scotland, the network body for local support organisations, has put forward a new democratic vision for Community Planning that puts local people at the centre.

More about ‘Reimagining Community Planning in Scotland: A Vision from the Third Sector’ in this VAS news item, with link to the paper (pdf, 776KB). » Continue reading news item ... “Scottish communities in decision making”

Less, but better and more useful, impact data, please

A couple of articles on measuring the impact of charity activity and social investment, from thinktank NPC.

Why charities should collect less impact data‘ draws on findings from recent research on impact data for criminal justice charities. This identified six ‘ingredients’ for the effective use of evidence, one of which is

  • Fewer, but higher-quality evaluations, particularly focused on innovative services that might help us learn something new.
 » Continue reading news item ... “Less, but better and more useful, impact data, please”