Starting to think about your impact?

Since Pro Bono Economics was 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 childhood exposure to domestic violence, and economic analysis on homelessness and the housing crisis.

PBE can help improve your understanding of impact and value

Our publication bank offers summaries and detailed reports for over 100 different studies. Since 2016, these have focussed on a central theme of wellbeing interpreted through four areas: education, employment, mental health and poverty. Reports from before 2016 cover other areas and can be retrieved by search or by looking in the 'other' category. Our reports are open source and are available to download. We welcome feedback on how you have used them and what you find most helpful.

Our workshops: Our Unlocking Impact workshop is aimed at charities interested in exploring the impact of their work and the role economic evaluation can play in measuring and improving impact. The workshop explores:

  • what an economic evaluation is and how it could help you
  • how to get ready for an evaluation
  • how to think through which data to collect

To register your interest so we can notify you when we next run a workshop, click here.

Dedicated charity projects: Each year we provide dedicated support to around 30 charities by matching them with a small team of professional economists to provide advice and analysis to help them better understand their economic impact. For more information, click here.

Covid-19 response

Pro Bono Economics was set up in direct response to the financial crisis, tapping into the skills of professional economists to support wider social benefit. Faced with a new crisis, we want to return to our roots, widening access to our skilled volunteers via a new ‘fast-track’ service. This service is designed to provide rapid access to the practical expertise of PBE’s extensive network of professional economists. for charities as they deal with today’s unprecedented challenges. The volunteers will supply light-touch or ad hoc data support, undertaking tasks such as spreadsheet support (for instance, the design of simple Excel rotas or budgets to help with planning in volunteer groups), data analysis (such as using ONS data to map out local demographics or user-need) and data visualisation (creating charts or infographics for public information programmes or requests for funding, for instance). If you would like to submit a request, click here.