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Case study: Using creative methods to assess a major event

Geoff Mulgan, Monday, 29th July 2019 -  How do you know if an event changed anything? Nesta used creative methods like video diaries to follow up with attendees from its FutureFest event. The results helped it re-design the event, writes Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan, in the final part of a serie

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Case study: Assessing an impact investment fund using an impact audit

Geoff Mulgan, Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 -  How do we know what difference impact investing makes? Nesta commissioned an impact audit to assess its impact investment fund, writes Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan as part of a series of case studies highlighting different approaches to capturing impact.

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Market, what market? Why bottom up innovation is so rare in human services

Nicholas Gruen, Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 -  There is a huge catch 22 driving impact measurement in human services. A lot of the evaluation is done because governments seek it, but then it goes nowhere – and for good reason. NGOs can’t escape this without something like an evaluator general

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Case Study: Assessing the impact of an impact investment

Geoff Mulgan, Wednesday, 10th July 2019 -  Can tutors help children improve their maths? The Nesta Impact Investment team supported Third Space Learning to undertake a randomised controlled trial and process evaluation to assess whether supporting children’s learning with a tutor made a dif

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Why charities should aim to make themselves redundant

Weh Yeoh, Monday, 1st July 2019 -  Social enterprise founder and TEDx speaker Weh Yeoh makes the case for charities having defined end points as opposed to continually perpetuating themselves and addressing symptoms.

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Case Study: Using mixed methods to understand the value of developing a typology of innovation agencies

Geoff Mulgan, Tuesday, 18th June 2019 -  This programme developed a typology of innovation agencies around the world, and then used follow up qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and develop its value to agencies, writes Geoff Mulgan, as part of a series of case studies highli

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Case Study: Embedding standards of evidence into grant-making

Geoff Mulgan, Thursday, 13th June 2019 -  How can we build the evidence for people helping people? The Centre for Social Action used the Nesta standards of evidence to assess every grantee and support them to build their evidence of impact further, writes Geoff Mulgan, as part of a series of

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Case Study: Randomised control trial of SME business support vouchers

Geoff Mulgan, Thursday, 6th June 2019 -  Are vouchers that give SMEs access to creative sector support effective? The Creative Credits programme used a randomised control group method to evaluate a voucher scheme, writes Geoff Mulgan, as part of a series of case studies highlighting differe

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Case study: Using matched-control groups to evaluate a volunteering scheme

Geoff Mulgan, Monday, 3rd June 2019 -  Do volunteers in hospitals make a difference? This programme used matched control groups in adjacent hospital wards to capture the impact of hospital volunteers, writes Geoff Mulgan, as part of a series of case studies highlighting different approach

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Case study: Capturing the impact of a challenge prize

Geoff Mulgan, Thursday, 30th May 2019 -  Can a challenge prize improve farming in Nepal? The Data-Driven Farming Prize developed an impact framework to capture its effects on problem-solving, building capabilities and wider knowledge and awareness, writes Geoff Mugan, in the first of eight
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