August 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of the Social Finance newsletter.

In this issue: the 'invisible girls' excluded from school, how to pay for greener cities, the potential for using data to unlock children’s services in local government, and a webinar on outcomes based approaches to employment and skilling in low- and middle-income countries.

Invisible girls: Who's at risk of exclusion?

July saw the launch of a major new report by Social Finance, developed in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, that revealed a possible blind spot in national exclusion statistics. 

As the report showed, girls are less likely to be formally excluded but more likely to experience ‘informal’ exclusions such as early exits or school changes.

The launch of the report had significant coverage in the national media, including an article in the Guardian and an appearance by Social Finance Associate Director Sara Parsonage on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme.

Read the full report
BLOG: Why school exclusions are not gender neutral

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Recent blogs

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Greener cities: Who should pay?

The greening of cities is becoming mainstream, but the question of how to pay for it is proving to be an obstacle.

By Blair Seiler

Making outstanding use of data in the Front Door team

How a focus on data can help unlock the potential of children’s services in local government.

By John Medley-Hallam

Co-producing locally, accelerating nationally: Lessons in Making Change Happen

Learnings from an innovative collaboration with two local authorities.

By Lucy Boddington

What we're reading

A selection of articles that have caught our eye over recent months.

Covid-19 has brought a surge in domestic violence globally

Partner abuse has risen under lockdown. But there are signs that the policy and on-the-ground response is changing, which could deliver progress in reducing it. 


Is there no going back for the NHS?

In an article for the NHS Confederation, Katy Saunders, Associate Director at Social Finance argues that, post-Covid, we have an opportunity to redesign healthcare.


Association of Charitable Foundations report on foundation investment

The ACF has published a new report on how foundation investments can be more closely integrated with a foundation’s mission and grant-making.

Social Metrics Commission 2020 report

In its annual report the SMC finds that, although the poverty rate in the UK has remained largely unchanged over the last 20 years, there has been an increase in the proportion of people living in deep poverty.

Schoolgirls in England: have you been informally excluded?

The Guardian follows up its coverage of our exclusions report by asking to hear from girls who have been excluded from a school in England via informal methods.



Lessons from outcomes-based approaches to employment and skilling in low- and middle-income countries

In July we hosted the first in our new series of webinars on skills training and employment.

The discussion, chaired by Dr. Mara Airoldi (Government Outcomes Lab) and featuring panellists Maria Laura Tinelli (Acrux Partners), Abha Thorat-Shah (British Asian Trust) and Peter Nicholas, (Social Finance) drew on experiences of designing and running outcomes-based contracts for employment and skilling from South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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