InterviewThe voice of the service user – visiting Project Apollo in Sheffield – Last month, Grace (me!) visited Project Apollo in Sheffield to learn about the social impact bond and how it helps young people who have been in care to gain employment. We’re keen to hear from service users and will be doing more work on this in the coming months. In this interview, we hear from the Project Coordinator and a young person who is participating in the programme. GO Lab
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OpinionSocial impact bonds could benefit from greater transparency – Local government commissioners have called for SIBs to be rebranded but this might not be what they need. Dr Alec Fraser (lecturer at KCL) and Dr Clare FitzGerald (Research Fellow at the GO Lab) share their thoughts. You have to register to read this article, but it is free to do so.Public Finance
Impact, collaboration and outsourcing
Opinion Measuring impact may never be as straightforward as measuring financial returns – This article looks at the challenge to investors of measuring impact, considering financial returns provide an obvious yardstick. The author thinks that we need to start getting investors used to the idea that impact performance will always be disaggregated and it is up to them to decide which outcomes they value more than others. Devex
Podcast Non-profit and government collaborations move at the ‘speed of trust’ – This podcast captures a discussion between two Californian mayors on how public sector and non-profit leaders can work together in a time of anxiety and disruption. ‘I’ve seen fear around collaboration – how is it going to take something away from me? We have got to think big. We have got to be less afraid’ Stanford Social Innovation Review
Opinion Who put the ‘S’ in ‘ESG’ (and what does it mean? – This piece looks at Environmental, Social and Governance investing and zooms in on what social investing really is, the challenges and how it is different from earlier efforts. Washington Post