Reductions in public funding mean that local services such as libraries, leisure centres and community organisations are under pressure and may need to find new ways to raise money to grow or survive. Charities and social enterprises are using social investment to provide affordable sports facilities, develop inclusive arts centres and community programmes and preserve heritage buildings. Revenue is often generated by charging for facilities and services which are then used to fund community-based programmes.
Organisations frequently collect data such as visitor numbers but more organisations are recognising the need to produce better evidence of how they affect people’s lives and communities. Additional impact support in this sector would help organisations starting out on their measurement journey.
Further information is available on our social issue page for arts, heritage, sport and faith.