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  • Posted on 09 September 2014 by Martin Wood, Director of Longitudinal Surveys

    Measuring the BIG Lottery Fund’s impact: quantifying the diverse

    Martin Wood
    If you haven’t heard of the BIG Lottery Fund, it’s a grant-giving body that funds all kinds of third sector organisations and projects. From saving bees to caring for older people with cancer, it helps over 2.8 million individuals across the UK annually. It supports 90,000 volunteers, clocking in a total of 4 million hours, divvying up an astonishing £600 million per year. So where do these numbers come from, and how does the Big Lottery Fund know they’re accurate?

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    Tags: Big Lottery Fund, benchmarking, charities, funding, measuring impact, volunteering

  • Posted on 24 January 2014

    Food poverty and food waste: working towards a solution

    With record numbers of people relying on charities to eat, the debate about food poverty in the UK has intensified. In September 2013 Michael Gove controversially claimed that those who use such charities ‘have only got themselves to blame’ for mismanaging their finances. More recently Iain Duncan Smith has been engaged in a heated, public row with the charity sector about UK food poverty. On the other side of the debate, in Walking the breadline, food poverty is described as a ‘national disgrace’. Some would argue that, long before the controversy and debate, there have always been demographic groups for whom accessing food is profoundly difficult in the UK. For example, homeless people, those addicted to drugs and alcohol and those fleeing domestic abuse.

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    Tags: charities, diet and nutrition, FareShare, food poverty, poverty

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