Not-for-profit organisations

New report shows long-term benefits of Raleigh in-country volunteer study

Following extensive research and first-hand interviews across Namibia and China, NEF Consulting and Raleigh International have released the findings of a study into the benefits of volunteering for participants in a long-running programme. The study found significant improvements to the personal development of volunteers who took part in Raleigh’s Expedition programme, which has been running for… Read more »

Wellbeing inequality: Research shines light on council ‘happiness gap’

New research by the New Economics Foundation for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing has revealed the differences in wellbeing across council areas in the United Kingdom. Pulling together a wide range of data, the report, Measuring wellbeing inequality in Britain, the research has the opportunity to provide insight into numerous areas – as noted by the… Read more »

Evaluating local partnerships in Uganda

NEF Consulting’s clients operate in a range of sectors and regions, and so do we. Emily Atkinson was recently in Uganda to conduct an evaluation for a development programme with local farming communities. Emily Atkinson, Consultant Recently I was lucky enough to travel to the Rwenzori region of West Uganda as part of NEF Consulting’s… Read more »

New tool launched to support tourism impact measurement

Professionals interested in impact measurement have a powerful new tool at their disposal, with the launch of the Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard’s online platform. The announcement of the online platform follows the launch of the dashboard in September 2016, hosted by NEF Consulting. Development of the Dashboard has focused on promoting awareness through data transparency… Read more »

Social impact on the agenda in Lisbon

Social impact was the phrase of the day in Lisbon last week, as attendees came together to discuss and promote change at the annual Impacto Social 2016 (IS2016) conference. IS2016 saw ten Social Return on Investment (SROI) studies presented to attendees and panel discussions involving a range of academics, government officials, business analysts and experts in… Read more »

SROI analysis for Ecology Action Centre, Canada

Working at the individual, community and systemic level, the Ecology Action Centre’s Our Food Project tackles food and income insecurity. It does this by building ‘positive food environments’ for both farmers and low-income communities. Their aim is to create a more equitable and sustainable food system by supporting local producers, educating eaters and advocating for… Read more »

What to consider when planning to measure your social impact

London for All programma LVSC

Lessons from the third sector in London By Rosie Maguire, Senior Consultant, NEF Consulting. At the end of 2014, NEF Consulting developed and delivered training around measuring social impact for LVSC, the collaborative leader of London’s voluntary and community sector.  This was part of the London for All programme in partnership with London councils, supporting… Read more »

Health Exchange: evaluating the impact 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 »

Mind: The economic benefits of Ecominds

Thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund since 2009, Mind’s Ecominds scheme funded 130 environmental projects in England that help people living with mental health problems get involved in green activities to improve their confidence, self-esteem, physical and mental health. Projects range from horticultural and agricultural schemes, through to walking groups and regeneration projects in local parks. Over 12,000 people… Read more »

British Red Cross: Assessing the value of preventative support

Red Cross case studies

British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis. They enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. When the crisis is over, they help people recover and move on with their lives. NEF Consulting conducted a socio-economic analysis for British… Read more »