Guest Blog: How Small Charities Can Leverage Events to Attract the Attention of Major Donors

18 September 2019

Pro Bono Economics helps charities understand and improve their impact. An event can be a effective means of showcasing your impact, once understood. In this guest blog, marketing consultant Michael Deane gives his views on how a well-organised event can capture the attention of donors.

Small charities find it difficult to attract the attention of major donors because their budgets are modest and they don’t have enough resources.

But these obstacles don’t have to be...

Guest Blog: The National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme

3 September 2019

The Troubled Families programme is one of the biggest social policy programmes in government. It is a £920m programme, run across England in 149 upper tier local authority areas and provides services to 400k families with multiple, high-cost problems including worklessness, domestic abuse, mental and physical ill health, school truancy and anti-social behaviour and offending.

Impact evaluations, like the national evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme, aren’t common. A...

Big data takes flight

12 August 2019

If just three more students choose a course in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) after taking the British Science Association’s (BSA) CREST Silver Award each year [1] , then the programme delivers more societal benefits than it costs to run.

This was the key takeaway from the Pro Bono Economics report – “Graduate Earnings and the STEM Premium” – produced on behalf of the BSA and released in June this year (see...

No longer a one-digit kid

15 July 2019

In 2019, Pro Bono Economics hit an important milestone – we turned ten. And what a year it has already been.

What do you do when you hit double digits? You throw a party of course and start thinking about the next milestone, Pro Bono Economics going digital!

I felt it fitting that we announced our ambitions here with a speech from our co-founder Andy Haldane at the Royal Society on May 22 nd .

He had us cast our gaze towards the challenges that will really impact...

Employer-supported volunteering schemes can still be a game changer

1 July 2019

In a recent blog post featured in Third Sector News, Pro Bono Economics CEO Julia Grant calls for better design and delivery of Employer Supported Volunteering schemes to ensure that the skills of volunteers are utilised and stretched by their engagements, in a way which delivers real value to the charities they serve.

She expresses that with more thought put into the design and delivery of ESV schemes, the skills of volunteers and value to the charities would increase, leaving them...

Lifelong Learning: The future of work in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

21 June 2019

Like every industrial revolution before it, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4iR) will bring a wave of automation to our everyday lives. In the past, this has created a radical shift in the world of work and this revolution is no different. Common workplace practices are different to how they were ten or even five years ago.

Speakers at the CogX Artificial Intelligence (AI) conference – held in London this month – acknowledged that this shift in how we live our everyday lives can...

Former Treasury colleagues Gus O’Donnell and Ed Miliband talk Pro Bono Economics and wellbeing

20 June 2019

Pro Bono Economics Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell was on hand to talk about our work, past, present and future on the June 17th edition of the well-known news and policy podcast: Reasons to be Cheerful.

Hosted by former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and broadcaster Geoff Lloyd, Gus explored Pro Bono Economics’ work to date along with our ambitions for the future in the field of wellbeing....

Pro Bono Economics call for more holistic evaluations of children’s sport picked up in DCMS Select Committee report

6 June 2019

On May 14th , the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) published its final report following an inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport, to which Pro Bono Economics provided written evidence .

Among the recommendations made by the report is a call on Government to ensure that new initiatives in this space – such as the forthcoming school sport and activity action plan –...

Revisited – The value of education beyond exams

30 May 2019

Last month I wrote about education, exams and wellbeing.

This month I will do the same.

Perhaps a lack of imagination on my part but there have been a key development since that warrants a little commentary.

On May 14 th the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) published a new framework for inspection of the country’s schools....

The value of education beyond exams

25 April 2019

How should a school be judged?

Many would say its capacity to produce good exam results.

Exam grades do at least offer a standard point of comparison from which different schools can be reviewed and ranked.

For parents, why would you not want your child being taught somewhere that has a proven track-record? After all decent university places and graduate schemes demand proven results.

So it is understandable that exam results have been seen as the key...