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Case Study: Embedding standards of evidence into grant-making

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How can we build the evidence for people helping people? The Centre for Social Action used the Nesta standards of evidence to assess every grantee and support them to build their evidence of impact further, writes Geoff Mulgan, as part of a series of case studies highlighting different approaches to capturing impact.

The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, ran from April 2013 to March 2016. It was a £14 million (A$25.5 million) fund, delivered in partnership with the Cabinet Office, to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.

In total, we received more than 1,400 expressions of interest. We backed a portfolio of 52 innovations, investing £11.5 million (A$21 million) in grants and a further £3 million (A$5.5 million) in non-financial advice and support, including rigorous evaluation of the outcomes for the people helped by these innovations.

The work focused on innovations in six priority areas where there was a plausible case for how social action could make a difference, and where we felt that the current solutions were underused.

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Source:
Geoff Mulgan, 2019, Probono Australia (https://probonoaustralia.com.au/)

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