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Charities and volunteering

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

Environment & Climate Change

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

Charities and volunteering

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

Environment & Climate Change

Visitor impact on an area of outstanding natural beauty

The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty commissioned NEF Consulting to measure and assess the economic and social wellbeing benefits and the environmental impacts of six visitor sites. The aim was to assess the impact of

Health and community services

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

Charities and volunteering

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

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Social return on investment (SROI)

How much is a human life worth?

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

Transport Fit for Future Generations
Central and local government

The road to prosperity?

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?

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

Wellbeing

How do you measure wellbeing? A new guide for frontline organisations

The New Economics Foundation has, in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, launched new guidance for frontline organisations looking to understand and measure wellbeing. You can find more details about the new guidance and other resources from NEF Consulting on our wellbeing

Charities and volunteering

Fairtrade Foundation

Costs and benefits of a hypothetical collaborative sustainability initiative in the UK pineapple industry The Fairtrade Foundation commissioned NEF Consulting to conduct a social cost benefit analysis (SCBA) of a hypothetical collaborative sustainability initiative in the market for fresh pineapples