INSIGHT

What do you want to
know today?

Whatever you want to change, here you can find our latest cutting-edge research, programme evaluations, datasets and working papers exploring our latest thinking.

Our approach to research

Communities across England face a mix of unique and shared challenges. Understanding what works is key to addressing these. That’s why Power to Change has invested millions in research and evaluation, and makes this insight and data freely available for others to use.

To build this evidence base we have worked with communities, leading researchers and policymakers to provide objective and rigorous insights about community businesses and their impact.

We combine traditional social research methods with data science and novel data sources, pioneering the use of private and public sector for community benefit. Our ambition is to make the world-leading research and insight freely available to help communities address the challenges they face.

Unlike many other funders and research organisations, we also put our data to work to support community businesses. From our range of success guides that provide practical tips for running a community businesses based on our latest analysis to Twine, our suite of free apps that help communities spend more time doing good, and less time on paperwork, we have shown there are many ways to use data for good.

You can find and download all of our research, including case studies and datasets, in the Institute for Community Studies repository.

Community Business: the facts

37,800

jobs for people in the most deprived areas

£220m

contributed to the uk economy through community-owned spaces

85%

community businesses tackle social isolation

148,700

Volunteers play a role in community business

11,300

community businesses in england

THE LATEST RESEARCH

Learning for community energy groups in a post-subsidy world

Learning for community energy groups in a post-subsidy world

Five ‘practical learning guides’ have been developed to share learning emerging from community energy innovation projects. These should be useful to community energy groups considering new approaches and also to other community businesses considering action on energy and climate issues.

read more
Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2020

Our 2020 annual report reviews the sixth year of Power to Change’s operations. It covers the grants we made and our future plans, alongside a financial review of 2020 and our statutory accounts.

read more

Twine creates more time

Free apps for people busy changing the world