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SDU: Healthy Returns from Sustainability Actions

The Sustainability Development Unit (SDU) is funded by, and accountable to, NHS England and Public Health England.  NEF Consulting worked with them to identify some real life examples of projects across the NHS, public health and social care system helping to build a sustainable healthcare system and show – when scaled up – the potential financial,… Read more »


Evaluation of effectiveness of small cash grants

Family Action, supported by NEF Consulting and LankellyChase Foundation, have released the first findings from the innovative Open Doors programme. The programme distributes small cash grants via a network of partners who provide support to people experiencing extreme poverty and severe and multiple disadvantage (SMD). Initial analysis of the impact of the programme shows: Small… Read more »


Introduction to SROI

with a case study for local authorities and LEPs. This one-day workshop will help organisations to measure their wider impact, looking beyond GVA and job numbers to measure other indicators of social and environmental impact such as knowledge, skills and wellbeing. Specifically, it will help local authorities and LEPs measure the social value generated by… Read more »


The Knee High Design Challenge

NEF Consulting has been appointed to evaluate the social and economic impact of new services and products for children under five years old. The Knee High Design Challenge is an open innovation programme funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, and run by the Design Council in partnership with Southwark and Lambeth Councils. It supports… Read more »


Bridging the gap: linking immediate changes to long term impact

Early childhood development

AUTHOR: Rosemary Maguire, Senior Consultant, NEF Consulting. Most research on the effects of Early Childhood Development projects in a development setting focuses on the long term impact that is created. You wouldn’t assume there’s a problem there, right? With so much policy making and investments focused on the short term, it can be refreshing to… Read more »


Evaluation of early childhood development interventions

Early childhood development

NEF Consulting evaluated ChildFund’s Responsive Parenting Program in Ecuador using a Social Return on Investment approach. The research indicates that if a long-term approach is combined with broader social valuation, the returns on investment in early childhood development interventions could be substantially higher than the existing evidence suggests. It also provides a deeper understanding of… Read more »


New report evaluates benefits of health intervention services

Health Exchange report cover June 2014

Health Exchange has been promoting health and wellbeing and tackling health inequalities since 2007. Their mission is to support people in Birmingham, the wider West Midlands, Worcestershire and Solihull to make informed lifestyle choices that improve their health and wellbeing. Understanding the impact of their health intervention services on the community is  critical to their work, so… Read more »


Local authorities: Commissioning for outcomes

We have recently, with NEF, launched a training course for local authorities on commissioning for outcomes and co-production. The first course was in November, held in London. Click here for more details. Anyone interested in registering for more information about the course should contact enquiries@nefconsulting.com  NEF has also published a practical guide, Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production aimed at local authorities. NEF’s approach to commissioning provides… Read more »


Community-based adaptation to climate change makes economic sense

CARE report image

AUTHOR: Fiona Percy, CARE International and NEF Consulting.  CARE International commissioned NEF Consulting to analyse the costs and benefits associated with investing in climate change adaptation in Dakoro, Niger. In the face of climate change, development policy will need to embed adaptation in its core development strategies. One of the key approaches is community-based adaptation and our research aimed to test… Read more »


Regent’s Place at 30

British Land: Regent's Place

A view from NEF Consulting – Extract from the British Land report “When NEF Consulting was commissioned to review the social, environmental and economic impacts of Regent’s Place over the 30 years since British Land first invested in the area, we were excited to explore two aspects. The first was the ‘people’ story told through… Read more »