Since our launch Big Society Capital has commissioned a broad range of research to help us build our understanding of the social investment market, covering topics from the potential of tax incentives, to the opportunities in the field of education. During this time we have often co-commissioned research, as well as collating other’s research on our website, as well as in our Social Investment Compendium, and have sought to ensure that our research supports that of others.
However social investment is a new and relatively undeveloped market, and there is much more that we need to know if we are going deliver the right kind of investment products to support the social sector and to attract investors. The launch of the Social Investment Research Council today marks an important watershed for the market, as research commissioners from key organisations in the social investment market come together to coordinate their efforts. Alongside Big Lottery Fund, Cabinet Office, Citi and The City of London Corporation, we hope that this initiative will help us to advance the UK social investment market by generating practical insights for the benefit of social sector organisations and investors.
Our first programme of work will focus on improving the understanding of social investment market products, and the specific investors needed to finance them. More details can be found at: www.bigsocietycapital.com/ResearchCouncil
We look forwarding to sharing the insights from the programme in the future.