What We Do
Rob Owen, St Giles Trust:
"The Pro Bono Economics/Frontier Economics report on our work in reducing re-offending rates can only be described as dynamite. It's been impactful at every level of government and been widely aired in the press.
We provide charities with a free service: the expertise of economists to help them answer questions about measurement, results, impact and value. Charities often lack resources internally to answer these questions, and may not be able to pay for expert help.
We piloted an introductory training course for economists with Matrix Knowledge in 2010. The feedback we received was useful in determining the kind of support that economists may need when taking on projects in a new sector.
Knowing that the time of our volunteers is limited, and that a half day training course is not always practical, we are considering better ways to use the content of this training, including looking at online modules, mentoring and other forms of support.
The core of our work will always be to match economists with charities who want to address questions of measurement, impact and results.
There are other ways that we can contribute to the third sector and the economics profession, and in most cases we are just beginning to think about how we can do this.