Tackling the Operating Environment

Research that looks at the operating environment for small and local charities including our in-depth work on commissioning.

Front and Centre – Putting Social Value at the Heart of Inclusive GrowthFront and Centre

May 2019

How far does government really use the Social Value Act to its full potential? This report from Social Enterprise UK calls for a rethink on how public bodies use social value, urging it to be placed front and centre of how local and central government works.

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A Quiet Crisis

A Quiet Crisis

September 2018

This report looks at local government spending in England on services for disadvantaged adults and children facing disadvantage. The analysis reveals that 97% of spending cuts are in the fifth most deprived councils despite them also having higher levels of need.

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Social Power

Social Power

June 2018

Social Power explores the existing evidence on pursuing change in civil society today.

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Trading for Good

Trading for Good

February 2018

Research by Social Enterprise UK, Trading For Good shows the important impact small to medium social enterprises are having on some of the poorest communities in the UK and calls for more to be done to encourage Government, funders and the public to ensure social enterprises are supported.

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Facing Forward

Facing Forward

March 2017

This report analyses 10 upcoming political, economic, social and technological changes which will affect small and medium-sized charities and makes recommendations for planning ahead.

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A Quiet Crisis

Commissioning in Crisis

September 2016

This research brings together the experiences of small charities to reveal widespread poor practice in commissioning services which prevents them from competing to deliver public services.

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Navigating Change

Navigating Change

February 2016

This analysis by the NCVO reveals the financial instability of small charities in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash and an increasingly challenging environment in which to deliver vital services.

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Expert, undervalued and on the frontline

Expert yet undervalued and on the frontline

July 2015

This report builds on the survey responses of 800 charities we support and outlines their challenges and opportunities in their own words.

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