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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
jobs for people in the most deprived areas
contributed to the uk economy through community-owned spaces
community businesses tackle social isolation
Volunteers play a role in community business
community businesses in england
THE LATEST RESEARCH
Community businesses can transform the progressive social intentions of younger generations into meaningful and sustainable community action. This report showcases the many ways young people came to be and are involved in community businesses.
This paper puts forward the concept of a High Street Buyout Fund – an agile fund which will purchase high street buildings and transfer these into community management and ownership.
New report exploring the ‘Year Zero’ approach to understanding the impact of Power to Change’s investment
Twine creates more time
Free apps for people busy changing the world