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Blog | 24 October 2017

In this post James Ronicle, Associate Director at Ecorys UK, describes the findings from the latest research collaboration between Ecorys UK and the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU). The two research teams examined the reasons why 25 areas did, or did not, set up a social impact bond (SIB), and summarises the four factors that were essential in ensuring whether a SIB was launched.

Blog | 9 May 2017

At some point in 2015 I started thinking that if I didn’t get to grips with understanding social finance I’d probably be a bit of a dinosaur.  In a world where money for preventive services is only likely to continue shrinking, any new avenues were worth knowing more about.  

Blog | 2 September 2016

The NHS is a world class healthcare system but, like many modern healthcare systems, it is more of a “sick care” system, responding when people become sick to address symptoms and manage illnesses.

Blog | 26 July 2016

Australia’s first social impact bonds were launched in New South Wales in 2013, making them some of the earliest SIBs in the world. Three years on, Jill Carman from Aleron takes a look back at lessons from Australia and comparisons to the UK market.

Blog | 8 July 2016

Facing the consequences of an upcoming Brexit, we realise that the relationship between the UK and mainland Europe has always been intense and complicated. 

Blog | 25 April 2016

Core Assets is a fostering and children’s services group based in Bromsgrove. As it reaches the milestone of young people in care now ‘graduating’ from the Social Impact Bond contract it delivers for Birmingham City Council, co-founder Jan Rees OBE reflects on the necessity to continually challenge the system to change vulnerable young people’s lives for the better.

Blog | 2 March 2016

Last week the Big Lottery Fund announced that up to £293,250 in grant funding has been offered in-principle to North Somerset Council for a four-year social impact bond (SIB) to support 240 local young people aged 10 to 17 who are at risk of going into care.

Blog | 1 March 2016

At Big Society Capital, we are seeing increasing interest in the use of social investment to pump prime public service reform. There are wide areas of government services which could benefit from being commissioned partially or fully on the basis of outcomes.

Blog | 18 November 2015

A few weeks ago Big Society Capital hosted a roundtable with a range of providers involved in a variety of Social Impact Bond (SIB) programmes over the last 5 years.

Blog | 26 October 2015

It’s an important day for social impact bonds (SIBs) as London-based youth charity, Think Forward, has successfully delivered one of the first social impact bonds in the UK to tackle youth unemployment and provide a return to investors.

Blog | 17 September 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions’ Innovation Fund was launched in 2012 to support payment-by-results programmes that enable disadvantaged young people to participate and succeed in education and training. Big Society Capital has invested in five of these Social Impact Bonds, including Think Forward and New Horizons. This summer, the first cohorts of young people on these two programmes sat their GCSE exams, and far exceed all predictions.

Blog | 14 August 2015

Having previously managed a European Social Fund project, I’ve developed a very close eye for detail, dealt with a lot of data and have experienced a payment by results contract. Despite this, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for my next step into the world of social investment.

Blog | 7 July 2015

Last week the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report with an analysis of Payment by Results (PbR) which examines previous programmes commissioned by government.

Blog | 4 June 2015

Last month, Prince Charles visited the Homeground Hostel in Liverpool to meet young homeless people helped by Local Solutions, a charity supporting vulnerable and excluded people throughout the Merseyside region.

Blog | 29 April 2015

Continuing our series of guest blogs, Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22, looks at how social investment can transform public services.

Blog | 10 April 2015

NCVO recently organised a series of social investment workshops supported by the Cabinet Office for charities and social enterprises.These sessions, held in Exeter, Ipswich, Leicester and London, aimed to raise awareness of the different models of social investment that are available.

Blog | 19 February 2015

In this guest blog, Michelle Farrell-Bell from Teens & Toddlers talks about the benefits of using a Social Impact Bond.

Blog | 11 December 2014

The Cabinet Office and Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a £15m Fair Chance Fund to help change the lives of vulnerable young homeless people over the next three years.

Blog | 2 May 2014

Last night, we celebrated Big Society Capital’s second anniversary at an event kindly hosted by CCLA, with a room full of people who have all played a role in taking the vision for social investment and Big Society Capital ‘from ambition to action’. We heard from speakers including Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society [“it really feels like the idea of social investment is coming of age. It’s always been a beautiful vision but day by day we’re turning it into a reality that touches people’s lives”] and four organisations that have received investment (DERiC, Real Lettings, Impact Ventures UK and Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund).

Blog | 9 December 2013

LGT Venture Philanthropy and Berenberg have today announced the first close of their social impact fund, Impact Ventures UK. Following on from the initial cornerstone in principle commitment of £10m from Big Society Capital, the fund has now attracted a diverse range of mainstream investors interested in considering social outcomes alongside financial return.

Blog | 21 October 2013

Today is the official launch of the much anticipated Adoption Social Impact Bond, which has been launched with investment from Big Society Capital and Bridges Ventures. The scheme, called ‘It’s All About Me’, has been developed by the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) and professional services firm Baker Tilly to help get more adoptive families for children who, because of age or ethnicity, might be overlooked.