The art of accountability beyond counting
Just try saying the word 'accountability' in your community organisation. Even the sound of it can make us think of 'counting' or even 'accountancy'. We set out to discover, for Power to Change, what accountability means in community-based organisations and how it is done in practice.
How are we using the law as a tactic for social change?
Law and human rights based approaches can be important tools for civil society. But when and how are they used by the UK voluntary sector? The Baring Foundation's Communications and Research Officer introduces the findings of their review of the evidence base around legal action by the voluntary sector.
Grant reporting is broken. Can we fix it?
'Funder-led. Bureaucratic. Time-consuming. Misunderstood.' These are words used to describe grant reporting by six UK funders and six organisations they fund, at a workshop run by IVAR and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in April. Read about the discussions and share your thoughts about grant reporting.
New resource for voluntary and community organisations
Our Chair explains why we've launched a new area of our website designed specifically for the CEOs and trustees of small organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
Long game: Commonweal Housing's approach to learning and evaluation
Over the past 18 months Leila Baker, our Head of Research, has been working alongside Commonweal Housing to help them enhance the way they use learning and evaluation to inform their work on housing solutions for social injustice. She shares the thinking behind the approach they have developed.
‘Don’t expect people to come to you’ and other reflections on co-production in grant-making
Venetia shares her experience of getting young people involved in the grant-making process.
Reflections on 'unrestricted funding'
Kevin Richmond, CEO at Sussex Community Foundation, shares his reflections on the Foundation's first experience of making unrestricted, multi-year grants. This comes as we publish an evaluation of the programme, which was aimed at organisations who work with children and young people.
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