Providing Cabinet Office policy makers and Ministers with expert analysis, evaluation and innovative ways to explore and present data is part of the core mission for Analysis and Insight. Our goal is to ensure we do this efficiently, making the best possible use of our resources.
One of the ways we achieve this is by representing the Office for Civil Society (OCS) on the Social Investment Research Council. We helped launch the Council in 2013 with Big Lottery Fund, Big Society Capital, Citi and the City of London Corporation as co-founding members, to consolidate our research efforts in the social investment field, and generate powerful and practical insights for the benefit of social sector organisations, investors and policy-makers alike.
In its inaugural research programme, the Council published research focusing on building an understanding of social investment market investors and the regulatory environment. This includes pieces on New Specialist Sources of Capital for social investment, looking at the potential for groups of institutional investors - such as pension funds or charitable foundations - who are relatively new to the market to engage with and make social investments, and on Marketing Social Investments, reviewing the impact of UK Financial Promotion Regime on social enterprises seeking to raise capital, and retail investors interested in making social investments. Both pieces have a strong focus on generating practical policy insight relevant to OCS.
This summer, the Council will be publishing new data on the financial performance of social investment market transactions, as well as research on the assets and liabilities of social sector organisations.