A new database of evidence from The SROI Network, about the work of organisations promoting social change aims to enhance learning and enable appropriate resource allocation
Data that makes a difference Organisations working for social change need access to appropriate evidence in order to allocate resources effectively, and to account for the difference their work makes, the value of that work or the impact they are having.
Middlesex University are developing a personalised mobile app that aims to build bridges between young offenders and their youth workers to help tackle the issue of youth crime
Effective interaction A team led by Middlesex University and including Royal Holloway, University of London is developing a personalised mobile app that aims to build bridges between young offenders and their youth workers to help tackle the issue of youth crime.
This is the first of a three part blog post looking at the three 'classic' challenges in evaluation: measurement, attribution and aggregation. Each blog post starts with a brief summary of the challenge, and then concentrates on trying to offer a different way of looking at the challenge and the issues that surround it. At the end of each blog post I hope to offer some practical tools or ideas that could be used by organisations seeking to effect change.
Nominet Trust and the Education Endowment Fund announce a new partnership to co-fund projects focusing on the use of digital technology in raising the attainment of disadvantaged children
19th December 2012
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Nominet Trust have today announced that they will be partnering together in a new funding round focusing on innovative, evidence-based ways to use digital technology to help raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The run-up to our first training day with the Local Editors was, to put it mildly, busy. Putting together a site of this scale is a huge undertaking and our tech team have been working all hours to get it up to scratch.
As a learning organisation, we are not looking for projects that have limited ambitions for the use of digital technology; for example if you are wanting to add digital to existing services in order to make them more efficient or cost-effective, we are not the funder for you. Instead, we seek social innovation with technology, particularly projects that make imaginative use of technology to re-think a specific social challenge.
New digital tools hold the key to showcasing young people’s skills and experience
10th December 2012
At a time when there are still close to 1 million 16 to 24 year olds out of work in the UK and up to 66 young people applying for each job,[i] it is more important than ever that this cohort has the best opportunities to demonstrate their ability to make a valuable contribution.
Two years ago, I decided it was time to do something really ‘big’ with my career. My daughter was growing up, my consultancy business had also grown nicely but reached its limit in terms of my own capacity. It was time the whole consultancy team needed a new challenge.
So I awarded myself a month to be as imaginative as possible. This involved clearing whole days in the diary and challenging myself to think of a brand new idea for a business with social purpose. This is the top motivation for all my work.
Whenever on my own I thought about what I knew about, what I was good at, what I didn’t like and then took the sum of those thoughts and forced myself to imagine possibilities. It was mentally exhausting and until then I had never considered myself to be a creative person.