Research

As the pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK, we are continuously striving to identify key issues affecting the social sector. To this effect, we commission research looking into the challenges charities and social enterprises face, key issues young people face and the need for the venture philanthropy approach in the voluntary sector and in society as a whole.

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Out of Sight...

One in eight young people are NEET (not in education, employment or training) at the age of 18. This more...

Ending the NEET crisis for good: a blueprint for the next Prime...

We have an opportunity to solve a problem that has persisted for over a decade – the large number more...

Building capacity for impact...

There are two types of organisational capacity-building required by the social sector – one is more...

Ready for work...

This report sets out the findings of a research project that seeks to answer the questions: what do more...

Deeping deeper: Why white working class boys underachieve and what can...

The educational underachievement of the white working class – and particularly boys – has been more...

London: A tale of two cities...

This report looks at the particular challenges surrounding youth unemployment in London. more...

The geography of youth unemployment...

This report examines, ranks, and maps youth unemployment rates for 16-24 year olds across the UK’s more...

Make NEETs history...

Britain has a problem with NEETs - people not in education, employment or training - and it's not more...

The road less travelled...

The social care sector is an example of a growing sector with significant skill demands, and where more...

Beyond the business case...

This report examines some of the main barriers young people face in getting their foot on the job more...

Beating the Cuts...

Since 2008 charities have faced an increasingly difficult financial environment. This report shares more...

Social investment in education...

With £2.5 billion in funding available in 2014/15, the pupil premium was created to directly tackle more...

The youth employment crisis...

 The report examines what would improve the employment rate of young people, and particularly more...

Collaborating for Impact...

Collaborations are key to allowing a diverse voluntary sector to participate in public sector more...

International Lessons: Youth unemployment in the global context...

This report looks at youth unemployment internationally, placing a spotlight on Germany, Denmark, more...

Transport barriers to youth employment...

Rising transport costs are making it difficult for thousands of young people to participate in more...

From social innovation to social investment: Learning from the US...

This paper highlights the key learnings to be drawn from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), more...

Raising aspirations and smoothing transitions...

This report examines changes to services coming into effect as part of the Education Act, and more...

Short-term crisis – long-term problem...

The number of young people umemployed for longer than 12 months has been rising steadily since the more...

Lost in transition: The changing labour market and young people...

This report considers how the changing economy and the changing characteristics of young people in more...

Off the map? The geography of NEETs...

The report highlights the great disparity in opportunities for young people across Great Britain – more...

A Manifesto for Action...

This manifesto provides ten recommendations to consider how to create focus and coordination around more...

The Forgotten half...

This report calls for greater cooperation between schools and local business communities and for more...

Measuring social results: Early lessons from our journey...

This report investigates why robust measurement is important in any organisation, including for more...

Wasted potential...

This research paper looks into reasons of non-engagement among young people aged 16-24 as well as more...

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