Starting to think about your impact?

PBE can help. Since we were set up in 2009, we have engaged with over 400 organisations providing guidance including data advice, analyses of interventions and research to support advocacy and campaigns. 

Our work has covered a range of topics including the costs of reoffending, the impact on society of adult innumeracy, the financial burden to the UK of eating disorders and economic analysis on homelessness and the housing crisis.

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Our focus


Including early intervention programmes, adult learning and alternative educational methods


Including programmes aimed at ex-offenders and vocational training for hard-to-reach young people

Mental health

Including programmes aimed at treatment, prevention and awareness raising


Including criminal behaviour, financial inclusion, homelessness and substance misuse

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PBE can help you be sure of your impact

Many charities tell compelling stories about the individuals they have helped, or quote the number of beneficiaries in their programmes. What they are often unable to do is demonstrate that their interventions are having a real, lasting impact, and estimate its wider value to society. 

Charities are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their impact. In a climate of public spending cuts, increased costs, competition with the commercial sector and with new complexities such as payment by results models, there are tough times ahead.

If your charity is thinking about how to evaluate the impact of what you do, or a programme you deliver, we may be able to help. We have economists from across the profession who volunteer their time for free. Though they may not be experts in your field, they are experts with data and can bring a new way of thinking about impact to your organisation.

"The moral argument for helping girls and boys who are exploited for sex is plain – now we have tangible, economic evidence of the necessity for specialist help too.”

Anne Marie Carrie, former CEO of Barnardo’s