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Social Value Matters 2017

This year’s Social Value International conference is being held in Istanbul against a backdrop of increasing inequality and global uncertainty. This year there is a focus on how we can use social impact data to drive innovation and ensure stakeholder involvement in service design. We will be sharing experiences of what’s worked in changing culture,… 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 »


NHS Foundation Trust uses wellbeing metric

Care without Carbon report

NEF Consulting worked with the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust to develop an innovative wellbeing metric to measure the health and wellbeing of their staff.  The metric follows NEF’s National Accounts of Wellbeing methodology and is being used by the Trust in an annual report on its sustainable healthcare strategy, Care Without Carbon. The Trust’s 2020 objectives, resulting from use… 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 »


Enabling Social Action National Conference

When:  16 February 2017, 10:00-16:15 Where: The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR Registration: Free (Click here to register) Led by Cornwall Council, Staffordshire County Council and Islington Council in partnership with the New Economics Foundation, this event gives participants the chance to hear from public sector leaders about their experience with: Creating resourceful communities… 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 »


Establishing community-defined social KPIs for regeneration programmes

Author: Elizabeth Cox, Associate Director, NEF Consulting There has never been a greater and more urgent need for a new economy. In response to challenges around housing and rising land prices, many local authorities are moving people in social and council homes out of their communities. YourMK is refreshingly different in their approach to regeneration…. 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 »


When you give women a spade: driving sustainability

CARE: Ghana - women will drive sustainability

AUTHOR: Alison Freeman, Senior Consultant, NEF Consulting. How we feed an extra two billion people on our little planet by 2050 is one of the seismic challenges of this century. The problem isn’t just about the growing number of mouths. It is about the potential loss of 20% of our arable farm land due in… Read more »