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Updates on our data templates

One of the key ideas behind social investment is that one source of funding can unlock others. Whilst investment can be about taking a risk on new ideas or ways of delivering social impact, projects often seek to distribute risk by combining funding from different sources: accessing capital through a mix of community share offers, loans and grants.

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Opening up

Whenever you are attempting to develop a new service, it’s crucial to get input from your potential users. You may believe you’ve come up with a cracking idea, but the only way you’ll find out if you’re right is by testing it, with people who are coming with a fresh pair of eyes. There is no shortage of splendid-sounding concepts which, in the end, have turned out not to be the killer app for this, or the trip advisor for that: in fact it’s an inevitable part of trying out new stuff that most of it won’t actually work.

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Introducing the Open Diagnostic project

Charities and social enterprises can benefit greatly from investing time, effort and resources into becoming more effective organisations. However, this can often be hard to achieve. Day-to-day demands - delivering services, managing staff, trustees and volunteers, securing ongoing income - can leave little space to reflect on the trajectory of the organisation as a whole. ... Read more

Welcome to the Social Economy Data Lab

The Social Economy Data Lab is home to a set of projects which are developing ways in which charities, social enterprises, grant funders and social investors can collectively make better use of data.

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