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Dear Social Investor,

June 2017

Leila Baker, Niamh Goggin

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It’s been six months since we first published our research on ‘Small Charities and Social Investment’ and we’ve been sharing our findings across the UK at meetings, conferences and workshops. This week, as organisations up and down the country are celebrating the contribution small charities make, we are sharing three key things to take away if you are a social investor.

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Director of Katherine Low Settlement, Aaron Barbour shares how they provide 'life long' support for the people of Wandsworth, partnering closely with other local charities to meet the diverse needs of the local area.

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Through our work we get to meet and talk to driven, passionate and inspiring people working in communities across the country. Recently, we caught up with Karen Chandler, Chief Officer of Pembrokeshire People First.

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The Refugee and Migrant Centre are responding to the vast increase in demand - growing from being a small to a medium sized organisation.

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Simon Ryder runs The Floating Classroom, a huge electric barge moored in Paddington. It is used to teach school children, families and community groups whilst travelling along the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals.

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In recent months we have been looking into theory and ideas that might help us figure out just what good learning looks like.

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Leila Baker, Head of research at IVAR shares the story behind the research. Bringing together the team, how the research questions were formed and discovering gaps in the evidence.

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Nick Wilsdon, Learning & Evaluation Manager at the National Foundation for Youth Music shares his experience of embedding a strategic learning approach to evaluation. He highlights the journey of change, concluding with helpful tips for anyone embarking on a similar journey.

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Leila Baker, Head of research at IVAR shares some of the points made by speakers and guests during the lively Q&A session at our recent launch event for Small charities and social investment.

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