Measuring soft and hard outcomes

On 17 November, Olivier Vardakoulias presented a lunch time masterclass at Third Sector magazine’s  conference, High Impact.  The event offered practical examples and insights to help charities and other organisations in the third sector to measure and communicate positive change (impacts and outcomes). Speaking alongside Ed Holloway, Programme Director for Strategic and Impact at the… Read more »

Launch of the New Economy Accelerator, Cape Town

Michael Weatherhead gave the keynote presentation (see below) at the launch of the New Economy Accelerator in Cape Town. NEA is a platform for nurturing the emergence of a new economy, one that challenges the status quo to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy by building networks, innovating and promoting investments. NEA is coordinated… Read more »

What is the purpose of business?

4 November, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London. Graham Randles, Managing Director of NEF consulting, is speaking at this Quaker & Business event for anyone interested in how business and the economy can work better for people, the society and the world. Other speakers include: Professor Colin Mayer, a government advisor on new business models from Said Business School, and author… Read more »

New report on the social value of investing in dementia 

The Health Innovation Network, Academic Health Science Network for South London, has published a report proving that the positive social value of peer support groups for people with dementia, their carers and volunteers can be far greater than the investment. NEF Consulting validated the study. Peer Support for People with Dementia – A Social Return on… Read more »

Well Supplied pilot project for Woolworths

Case study: In2food Compass. Woolworths identified an opportunity to improve wellbeing within their supply chain by use of the wellbeing survey and further engagement with a specific supplier to trial the Well Supplied process. A baked goods factory, In2food Compass, was keen to participate and work with NEF Consulting on the trial. The process supported an increase of… Read more »

The IED Annual Conference

18 November 2015, ILEC Conference Centre, London. Senior private and public sector professionals working within economic development and regeneration, will come together to tackle the most pressing challenges when it comes to fostering economic growth at a local and regional level. Eileen Lennon Head of Social Inclusion YTKO Group  will be talking about our work for… Read more »

What Works Centre for Wellbeing

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is now part of the newly established What Works Centre for Wellbeing. What Works is a UK government-funded initiative to enable a range of stakeholders to access independent, high quality, accessible evidence syntheses across a broad range of social policy areas, from crime reduction to health, social care and, now,… Read more »

High Impact: 17 November 2015

This Third Sector event offers strategic analysis and practical insights to help you improve how you measure and communicate the positive changes that your charity makes. Olivier Vardakoulias,  Economist at NEF Consulting, will be speaking on Measuring soft and hard outcomes alongside Ed Holloway, Programme Director for Strategic and Impact,MS Society The event will cover evaluation methodologies, impact reporting,… Read more »

A new report on Fairness Commissions

The New Economics Foundation has published a new report by Sarah Lyall. The following is a summary of the findings. In the face of severe spending cuts, many local authorities are struggling to tackle growing levels of inequality and poverty. Others are exploring fresh and participative approaches to improving the lives of their residents in difficult financial circumstances…. Read more »

Evaluation of a substance misuse treatment service for women

NEF Consulting evaluated the Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) model and their POCAR (Parenting Our  Children – Addressing Risk) programme. Brighton Oasis is a charity offering a women-only substance misuse treatment service in the City of Brighton and Hove. The aim was to determine the extent to which the POCAR programme improves outcomes and brings about… Read more »