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New report explores how to value the countryside

Green spaces and wellbeing

New research from NEF Consulting, commissioned by CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity, explores the value of the countryside in South Hampshire. CPRE Hampshire is campaigning for a new Green Belt in South Hampshire. The report, Introducing a South Hampshire Green… Read more »


Parks are for everyone

Green space is important for wellbeing but in poorer areas visits to parks have dropped. Official government guidance during lockdown advises us to ​“enjoy nature” and exercise outside once a day. When accessing green spaces, people should ​“stay local” while keeping ​“at least two metres apart… Read more »


Women in crisis and the coronavirus

In our research for the Help through Crisis programme, we looked at gendered causes of crisis, emerging themes, and how they relate to the coronavirus pandemic. A decade of austerity has left our welfare system ill-equipped to respond to the… Read more »


Volunteers alone cannot fill the gap

Volunteers in crisis support

The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the need for a universal safety net. The government’s 2020 budget, and subsequent measures, tried to bring in temporary changes to social security and “do whatever it takes” to respond to the threat of coronavirus…. Read more »


Healthy streets and the right to the city

Author: Tiffany Lam, Consultant, NEF Consulting. The Mayor of London wants more Londoners cycling, walking and taking public transport. And that’s why Transport for London (TfL) have adopted the Healthy Streets Approach, to prioritise cycling, walking and public transport to… Read more »


A trauma informed approach in crisis support

Trauma in crisis

Author: Tiffany Lam, Consultant, NEF Consulting Many people, including those who seek crisis support services, have experienced trauma. It may be more prevalent than we think. 1 in 3 adults in England have experienced trauma. And in the UK, 31%… Read more »


Beyond middle-class men in lycra

AUTHOR: TIFFANY LAM, CONSULTANT WE WON’T GET MORE LONDONERS CYCLING WITHOUT MAKING IT MORE INCLUSIVE Transport for London has launched a new network of Healthy Street Officers as part of the Mayor’s efforts to get 80% of Londoners cycling, walking and… Read more »


Overseas volunteering: the value to young people

Return on investment from youth volunteering programme For every £1 the government spends on International Citizen Service (ICS) – its overseas youth volunteering programme – the scheme generates over £4 in social value, finds a report by NEF Consulting commissioned… Read more »


Bristol airport: inconsistencies in the case for expansion

Plans for expansion of Bristol Airport may have overestimated benefits to the region by £280 million. The business case for the expansion of Bristol Airport may have significantly overestimated its economic benefits, and underestimated its social and environmental costs, a… Read more »


SROI of the Guide Dogs’ habilitation service

Social Return on Investment of the Guide Dogs’ habilitation service at Jordanstown School The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs) commissioned NEF Consulting to undertake a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis to help them to understand the… Read more »


Unpaid care isn’t free

MODELLING THE SOCIOECONOMICS OF CARE It is now widely recognised that Britain’s army of unpaid carers, family and friends of those with care and support needs, contribute the equivalent of over £57bn in service to our community each year. What is less… Read more »


Improving frontline crisis support

HELP THROUGH CRISIS Help through Crisis (HtC) is a £33 million National Lottery funded programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Help through Crisis supports 69 partnerships across England… Read more »


How much is a human life worth?

Illustration of city with giant measurement tools

Monetisation and Social Return on Investment (SROI) AUTHOR: Sarah Arnold Sarah is the trainer for our two-day SROI training course and here introduces an article she co-authored with other SROI experts.  You might think it impossible to put a pound sign on… Read more »


The road to prosperity?

Transport Fit for Future Generations

Why extending the M4 is not the way AUTHOR: Alex Chapman, Consultant, NEF Consulting If governments took decisions on infrastructure based on making people, communities and the environment healthier, how would they look? What demands would we make of them?… Read more »


The war on solar

AUTHOR: Alex Chapman, NEF Consulting The government were warned what scrapping the feed-in tariff would do – and now it’s happened. Back in November I invited a local solar installation company round to my house to take a look at… Read more »


New tool launched to support tourism impact measurement

tourism impact dashboard

Professionals interested in impact measurement have a powerful new tool at their disposal, with the launch of the Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard’s online platform. The announcement of the online platform follows the launch of the dashboard in September 2016, hosted… Read more »