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Connecting research and ventures to improve mental health
Research | 13 September 2019

A significant proportion of the UK population experience mental ill health, and there is an unmet need for mental health services and preventative solutions, particularly among vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Despite an increasing array of online and in-person interventions, there are barriers to the adoption and scaling of innovative solutions. Mental health research funding receives 25 times less per person than cancer research, with only 3.9% going towards prevention (MQ, UK Mental Health Research Funding 2014-2017).

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Research | 4 July 2019

This learning report sponsored by Citi, explores some of the lessons learned from US community investment that could inform the UK’s efforts to scale the social and economic impact of community lenders and promote inclusive growth.

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Research | 1 April 2019

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are growing in popularity in the UK and offer philanthropists an attractive alternative to setting up a charitable foundation. They represent a growing proportion of philanthropic capital in the UK with an estimated £1.3 billion charitable assets.

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Research | 7 November 2018

Big Society Capital’s purpose is to improve the lives of people in the UK by connecting social investment to charities and social enterprises. Housing is an area of strategic focus for us, with the goal of creating a fairer housing market where people, particularly vulnerable people, are able to live in secure and affordable homes and communities.

Research | 21 November 2017

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are an increasingly common method of global philanthropic giving, with more than $80bn in assets under management in the US.

Pensions with Purpose ComRes and Big Society Capital
Research | 16 February 2017

The DC pensions revolution has been a great success for the Government and industry so far, with millions of new pension savers. However, there remains a real danger that we will fail to bring about the future retirement that savers are hoping for if individuals remain disconnected and disengaged from their pensions.

Guide to investing community shares Big Society Capital
Research | 19 January 2017

Investing in community shares is a simple, direct and engaging way of supporting businesses that serve your community. 

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Research | 15 December 2016

This report profiles the impact measurement approaches of five organisations who have received different types of social investment products and are delivering a range of activities and services. 

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Research | 13 December 2016

The Commissioning Better Outcomes (CBO) Fund aims to support the development of more social impact bonds (SIBs) in England, and the evaluation is tracking the impact of these SIBs over their lifetime. This report provides a summary on the findings from the Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund Evaluation undertaken by Ecorys UK in partnership with ATQ Consultants (ATQ) on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund.

Deloitte, Big Society Capital and Government Report - In pursuit of impact
Research | 5 December 2016

Mission-led businesses are for-profit businesses which make a powerful commitment to social impact outside the traditional social sector legal forms. This review was launched in response to emerging business and market trends that reflect the growing role for mission-led businesses in the wider market.

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Research | 25 October 2016

This paper demonstrates what a social investment fund that is fit for investment by pension funds on behalf of UK savers could look like. 

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Research | 3 October 2016

In 2015, Big Society Capital and the Association of Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL), asked Social Finance to review the credit union landscape in order to understand the potential for social investment to help grow the sector and make it more sustainable.

Reconnections Social Impact Bond Research
Research | 22 September 2016

The impact of isolation and loneliness on mortality has been estimated to be equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

 

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Research | 13 July 2016

Government’s approach to outsourcing services has risen up the policy agenda in recent years.

Research | 7 July 2016

Exploring the experiences of charity and social enterprise Boards with social investment. 

Research | 4 July 2016

This paper provides a review of the use of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) on its two year anniversary. It includes an analysis of the SITR deals completed to date and the views of key stakeholders in this area. NPC has written this report in partnership with Big Society Capital (BSC).

Research | 1 June 2016

Throughout the developing world, there are an increasing number of entrepreneurs providing solutions to poverty, and there is also an increasing number of investors willing to allocate capital to these entrepreneurs in order for them to scale their operations, since only at scale can they realistically seek to meet their social missions.

Research | 23 May 2016

All corporations seek to differentiate themselves and look for new ways to create value. But when many traditional routes have been exhausted, how does an organisation change the way it does business?

Research | 17 May 2016

Big Society Capital, the UK-based Social Investment Institution, and Cambridge Associates, the global investment adviser, have pioneered a radical new approach for managing Treasury portfolios, in a move that could propel the UK’s social investment market to a new level.

Research | 9 May 2016

There are almost 170,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, which looks set to increase

Research | 27 April 2016

The UK social investment market is widely recognised as one of the most advanced in the world. The market continues to grow, Big Society Capital estimate that it is now worth over £1.5 billion, spread over 3,500 investments, with a wide range of products. Government continues to support the market and has committed to strengthening the social investment marketplace by ensuring that future programmes make it as easy as possible for charities and social enterprises to access investment appropriate for them.

Research | 22 March 2016

Big Society Capital has produced its first comprehensive estimate of the size and composition of social investment in the UK. 

Research | 3 March 2016

Building mass participation within social investment can significantly impact communities and individuals. At Big Society Capital, we ultimately want to see millions of people contributing to social change through their own personal finance choices, and thousands of grassroots organisations being able to access the finance they need to support their local communities.

Research | 24 February 2016
Research | 21 January 2016