Pro Bono Economics in the media

19 March 2019

2019 Coverage

Pro Bono News | 19.03.2019

This update notes the publication of Pro Bono Economics’ report for WorkingRite, which provided data collection advice to the employment charity on the frequency and quality of data required for an impact analysis in future.

Today in Parliament | 18.03.2019

This episode of the popular current affairs programme reports the launch of Hestia’s “On the Sidelines” report - which took place in Parliament – and relied on Pro Bono Economics analysis to demonstrate the economic costs of exposure to domestic abuse.

WomensGrid | 15.03.2019

Quoting both Lyndsey Dearlove, Head of the UK SAYS NO MORE Campaign and Pro Bono Economics Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell, this piece also reports the findings from On the Sidelines.

LocalGov | 06.03.2019

This piece focuses more on the economic costs to society because of a failure to support children exposed to domestic violence, noting that these could reach over £1 billion, according to Pro Bono Economics analysis.

Children & Young People Now | 05.03.2019

Citing Pro Bono Economics’ analysis regarding the costs of exposure to domestic abuse on children, this piece considers Hestia’s call to prioritise those affected in healthcare and education.

Huffington Post | 05.03.2019

This blog by Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Helen Newlove focuses on the impact of domestic abuse for victims, particularly those children who witness it, and cites the figures from Pro Bono Economics’ analysis for Hestia.

Charity Today | 05.03.2019

In this article Hestia’s On the Sidelines report – featuring Pro Bono Economics input – is examined in detail, including the individual costs to social care, crime, education and foster and residential care.

BBC News | 05.03.2019

Following the launch of Hestia and UK SAYS NO MORE’s On the Sidelines report, this article looks into Pro Bono Economics’ analysis here. It references comments from our Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell, who suggests there is a moral and economic imperative to act to stop the scourge of domestic abuse in this country.

The Independent | 11.02.2019

Advocating for the scrapping of GCSEs examinations, Secretary of State for Education between 1986 and 1989 (and now Chair of the Edge Foundation) Lord Baker cites an earlier intervention from Lord Gus O’Donnell to support his call. The Pro Bono Economics Chairman had previously spoken of the emergence of a “troubled generation” in Britain because of exam stress, as featured in The Guardian during late December 2018.

Alliance Magazine | 08.02.2019

Focusing on Pro Bono Economics recent announcement of its Oak Foundation homelessness project, this article highlights statistics showing an increase in homelessness in Britain and outlines the aims of the pilot programme.

Bloomberg | 06.02.2019

This article speculates on who will be the next Governor of the Bank of England, naming Pro Bono Economics Trustees Andy Haldane and Dave Ramsden – Chief Economist and Deputy Governor respectively – as two of the most-likely nominees. The piece also notes Andy’s role in the founding of Pro Bono Economics.

SecEd | 05.02.2019

This piece highlights the publication of Pro Bono Economics’ report for national education charity Governors for Schools, noting that its findings show the value to be had from its work in the region annually of £9.9 million to schools across England.

Employment Related Services Association | 01.02.2019

In this guest blog, Projects and Communications Co-ordinator Isobel Hunter traces the last ten years of Pro Bono Economics, looking back to the financial crisis and considering the motives of co-founders Andy Haldane and Martin Brookes in establishing the charity, also considering its breakthrough projects and plans for our 10th Anniversary.

Charity Today | 28.01.2019

This article covers the announcement of the Oak Foundation homelessness programme, delivered by Pro Bono Economics, Cranfield Trust and Pilotlight, extensively quoting CEO Julia Grant’s comments on the challenges faced by small to medium sized charities and the role of impact organisation considering these.

Manchester Media Group | 24.01.2019

Following on from Pro Bono Economics Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell’s December interview with The Guardian, this piece looks at his comments from the perspective of students, noting the stress young people in the UK are under.

RES Newsletter | 22.01.2019

In this extended piece, Pro Bono Economics’ Director of Public Affairs Simon Burns reflects on the charity’s achievements over the past 10 years and the opportunities provided to economists in that time across the profession.

SecEd | 16.01.2019

This entry of “At the Chalkface” considers Pro Bono Economics Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell’s comments on the wellbeing of pupils in the UK.

Civil Society | 14.01.2019

In this “Who’s moving” piece, Civil Society notes the appointment of Clare Lombardelli to the Pro Bono Economics Board of Trustees.

2018 Coverage

The Guardian | 27.12.2018

Following on from Pro Bono Economics’ December 5th roundtable – hosted together with children’s mental health charity Place2Be – this interview with Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell explores the potential emergence of a “troubled generation” of young people in Britain.

SecEd | 21.12.2018

Citing Pro Bono Economics’ report for the PSHE Association, Jenny Barksfield, the latter charity’s deputy CEO and senior subject specialist, explains how to lead PSHE effectively in a school, advising on the best approach for provision of the subject.

UCL Institute of Education | 05.12.2018

Focusing on both the UCL research and Pro Bono Economics’ subsequent evaluation, this piece highlights what they show regarding the apparent efficacy of the Reading Recovery programme.

Tes | 05.12.2018

Using the findings from Pro Bono Economics’ report for the KPMG Foundation, this article explores the long-term impacts of the Reading Recovery programme on those children for whom relevant data is available.

Children and Young People Now | 09.11.2018

This piece looks at Pro Bono Economics’ report for Equal Education, reporting the research with a focus on the attainment gap and subsequent costs.

Campbell Tickell | 01.11.2018

Here Pro Bono Economics CEO Julia Grant explains why charities need to empower themselves through a contributed piece: “Why charities need to become data superstars”.

Civil Society | 22.10.2018

Part of the “Who’s Moving” segment, this article discusses the recruitment of several new Pro Bono Economics Trustees.

Civil Society | 11.10.2018

Featuring Pro Bono Economics Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell as a guest contributor, this piece contains the speech he delivered at the Civil Society Charity Finance Summit in full: “The future is bright. The future is data”.

Civil Society | 11.10.2018

Following on from Lord Gus O’Donnell’s keynote speech at the Charity Finance Summit, this piece details the Pro Bono Economics Chairman’s call to the Charity Commission to champion the idea of impact.

Mirror UK | 16.06.2018

This piece explores perceived issues within the National Health Service, noting the potential financial savings to be had from early intervention programmes, as outlined in Pro Bono Economics’ report for Place2Be.

BBC News | 26.04.2018

This piece from The BBC’s Health Editor Hugh Pym highlights various successful healthcare interventions, including mental health counselling as delivered by Place2Be, citing the findings of Pro Bono Economics analysis here.

The Independent | 26.04.2018

As part of a detailed look at the Pro Bono Economics report delivered for Place2Be, this piece explores the history behind the children’s mental health charity and the services it offers.

Gibraltar Chronicle | 26.04.2018

This article details the results of Place2Be’s early years counselling service, with a particular focus on the societal benefits coming from the programme as highlighted in Pro Bono Economics report for the charity.

Tes | 26.04.2018

Considering the findings of Pro Bono Economics’ report for Place2Be, this article notes the Department for Education’s research in this area and details current levels of provision for early intervention.

Education Executive | 26.04.2018

This article, which includes a statement from National Union of Headteachers’ General Secretary Paul Whiteman and Place2Be CEO Catherine Roche, details the benefits of Place2Be’s counselling service as highlighted in Pro Bono Economics’ report.

Sky News | 26.04.2018

Focusing on the experiences of teachers and pupils working with Place2Be, this piece also details the economic findings within Pro Bono Economics’ research.

BBC News | 26.04.2018

This multimedia piece contains a summary of the findings contained within Pro Bono Economics’ report for Place2Be, featuring an interview with Chief Economist Neil Pratt.

The Guardian | 26.04.2018

This article discusses Andy Haldane’s contribution to the Place2Be report, highlighting comments made in his foreword. Specifically he says: “An estimated one in 10 children and young people in the UK have a mental health condition. Without effective intervention, these conditions can have a significant impact on their life chances and result in significant long-term costs”.

SecEd | 18.04.2018

This piece explores the “myths” associated with PSHE education, with Pro Bono Economics’ report here cited regarding the benefits the subject can bring.

The Pembrokeshire Herald | 06.04.2018

The findings of a Pro Bono Economics survey showing many British adults showing pessimism about the state of education in schools features in this article.

CL News | 29.03.2018

This article reports the findings of the recently released Pro Bono Economics / YouGov survey, which found that only one in four adults believe today’s children get a better overall education than during their time at school.

BBC Radio 4 Today | 28.03.2018

On the morning of the 2018 Pro Bono Economics Annual Lecture, keynote speaker David Halpern discusses nudge theory and the implications of this in the education system on the Today Programme.

House of Commons Hansard | 06.02.2018

This speech from Labour MP Teresa Pearce cites the findings of Pro Bono Economics’ report for the PSHE Association as an important resource for demonstrating the value of PSHE education in schools.

Civil Society | 23.01.2018

Pro Bono Economics CEO Julia Grant writes of the importance of impact evaluations and the need to embed them into the philanthropic model of operations more effectively.

The Times | 09.01.2018

Columnist Matthew Syed discusses here the power of sport to improve wellbeing and resilience in children, with reference to Pro Bono Economics’ report for Greenhouse Sports.

SecEd | 3.01.2018

This piece takes a detailed look into the findings of the Pro Bono Economics report for the PSHE Association, highlighting the perceived benefits of the subject.

2017 Coverage

Government Business | 13.12.2017

Reporting on Pro Bono Economics’ Community Asset Transfer framework report, this piece details its purpose and notes the views of Vidya Alakeson, CEO of Power to Change in this regard.

The MJ | 12.12.2017

Journalist Hiba Mahamadi urges local authorities to unlock the value of local assets by transferring them to community businesses, citing the findings of the Pro Bono Economics/Power to Change report to strengthen her case.

LocalGov | 12.12.2017

Considering the reported £7 billion worth of untapped assets in England, this article highlights Pro Bono Economics’ framework for Community Asset Transfers as prepared for Power to Change.

PoliticsHome | 7.12.2017

Reporting on the PSHE Association report produced by Pro Bono Economics, this article examines the current state of play within the education system.

TES | 7.12.2017

This piece focuses on Pro Bono Economics’ report for the PSHE Association, highlighting its positive findings regarding wellbeing and behaviour.

Charity Today | 20.11.2017

Lord Blunkett’s call for a national Government programme of full-time volunteering as made within the foreword for the Pro Bono Economics report for City Year UK features here.

Civil Society | 17.11.2017

Following the release of a new report for City Year UK, this piece delves into its findings and discusses the potential resultant benefits to society from a full-time volunteering programme.

Civil Society | 08.11.18

Reporting on Pro Bono Economics’ 2017 Volunteers Event, this article flags comments made by Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell, who stated legislating on full-time volunteering before Brexit would not be feasible.

Daily Mail | 27.07.17

This article highlights the findings of a new survey commissioned by Pro Bono Economics, one of the most noteworthy findings of which was that 45 per cent of respondents were 'cautious' of charities.

Civil Society | 25.07.17

Considering the Pro Bono Economics survey findings on trustworthiness in the charity space, this opinion piece discusses the potential reasons for the results themselves and examines how trust can be built.

Third Sector | 25.07 17

This article details the findings of the Pro Bono Economics/FTI Consulting survey on trust, noting the popular views on various professions in the UK here.

NCVO | 25.07 17

This blog from Aidan Warner, External Relations Manager at the NCVO, explores the findings of the Pro Bono Economics / FTI Consulting survey on trust in the charity sector. It questions the conclusions previously drawn from its findings, particularly that which suggests hairdressers are more trusted than charities.

UK Fundraising | 05.07.17

This piece summarises the findings of the Pro Bono Economics/FTI consulting survey as thus: “Prove achievements to gain support in post-truth era says Pro Bono Economics report”.

The Guardian | 05.07.17

This piece highlights comments made by charity leader Sir Stephen Bubb, who suggests that the sector should be making more of a noise about its impact given some of the findings in the FTI Consulting survey commissioned by Pro Bono Economics.

Civil Society | 09.06.2017

In this interview, Lynne Berry discusses her longstanding career in the charity sector, in which she has been a prominent CEO, campaigner and trustee for Pro Bono Economics among many other organisations.

Sunday Mirror | 30.04.2017

As part of a special pull-out, Pro Bono Economics Chairman Lord Gus O’Donnell’s contributed article explores the importance of community enterprise to address local needs.

The Telegraph | 24.02.17

Considering the London 2012 promise to Inspire a Generation, this piece highlights Pro Bono Economics survey findings, which show that at that time roughly four per cent of respondents said would prefer Great Britain to focus on winning gold medals at Tokyo 2020 ahead of investing in grassroots programmes and facilities.

The Guardian | 24.02.17

This piece discusses UK Sport’s Olympic Strategy, questioning the ability of elite sport to inspire the public to take up sports and activity given falling participation rates and considering Pro Bono Economics survey findings.

ITV News | 24.02.17

This article examines Pro Bono Economics survey findings considering UK Sport’s decision to prioritise attention on attaining medals.

Government Business | 24.02.2017

This piece notes the findings of the Pro Bono Economics / YouGov sports survey noting those factors which prevented some 93% of respondents from getting involved in sport.

POLITICO | 24.02.17

This article examines the findings of a Pro Bono Economics-commissioned survey, detailing that the London Olympics inspired 7% of the British public to play sport.

Inside the Games | 24.02.17

This is another report on the findings of our survey on sports funding, focusing on our 2017 annual lecture which featured Financial Times Life and Arts Columnist Simon Kuper and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, among others.

Play the Game | 24.02.17

This piece reports the findings of our survey on sports funding, which showed a public preference for the spending of funds on grassroots sport, as opposed to elite sport.


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