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The run up to Christmas is typically an exceptionally busy time for everyone here at Pro Bono Economics, and 2018 has proven no exception. From fascinating report launches to thought-provoking events, the last quarter has offered plenty to celebrate, and the calendar of activity for next year – our tenth anniversary – looks every bit as exciting.

Since our last newsletter there have been many exciting developments, not least the recruitment of three new staff members: Director of Public Affairs Simon Burns, Oak Foundation Programme Manager Jessica Harneyford and Consultant Economics Director Ian Moore. We are excited to have them on board to develop our project and policy work over the coming months.

Finally, in 2019 we will be launching a regular monthly newsletter, to keep our supporters updated on all things Pro Bono Economics.

News & Events

Date for your diary

Chief among 2019’s events will be our annual lecture – on 17th April – where our co-founder and trustee Andy Haldane will discuss the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the charitable sector together with a high-quality panel. Please hold this date in your diary and full details will be revealed in the New Year.

Recent events

On the 8th of November we held our Volunteers Event at Chicago Booth School of Business, London. Speeches delivered by Sinem Cakir – Chief Executive Officer, MAC-UK – and Equal Education CEO Paul Singh talked about the importance of empathy in conducting impact assessments, with a panel chaired by Jenny Scott and featuring distinguished economist Vicky Pryce and Anthony Harte, Head of Philanthropy EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
PBE also presented at the first Data4Good Conference, held in Birmingham on the 14th November, where we partnered with the National Council for Volunteering Opportunities to deliver an advanced session on evidencing impact through data. This was an excellent event, bringing together organisations from across the sector to discuss data, impact and outcomes. We look forward to contributing next year.
PBE co-hosted a mental health roundtable with Place2Be on the 12th of December, highlighting  the recent release of NHS Digital data on the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England. This offered fascinating, if troubling, insights into trends in the wellbeing of the nation’s children. Lord Gus O’Donnell chaired a group of experts from health, education, academia and policy, who discussed avenues for improving the wellbeing of young people in the UK, including a systemic shift in our use of language.  

MPs calls for new early intervention strategy addressing childhood adversity

The House of Commons’ Select Committee on Science and Technology has labelled early interventions combatting childhood adversity and trauma “fragmented”. The relevant Committee’s report – published November 14th – recommends that by 2022 a new, comprehensive, strategy should be in place. For MPs this should be based on robust data collection and analysis. Pro Bono Economics has already seen the benefits of such an analytical approach elsewhere, notably the Ministry of Justice’s DataLab and its regular reports for charities working in prisoner rehabilitation. The Committee’s call for an equivalent approach to data collection for early years intervention is therefore welcome and we look forward to the response from Government to the report’s recommendations.

Pro Bono Economics joins Sport England to celebrate the best of UK Coaching

The great and the good of domestic sports coaching were honoured at the Annual Coaching Awards of 2018 on November 29th, with Pro Bono Economics partner Greenhouse Sports having two of its coaches nominated for national awards. The PBE team knows this charity well through our report published in December 2017.  This showed that, on average, 36% of Greenhouse Sports pupils exercised for more than 60 minutes a day, twice the London average of 16%. It was a real pleasure to see their work recognised in such a setting.
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KPMG Foundation

Our report for the KPMG Foundation tracks the progress of a group of 84 children in London schools who received Reading Recovery literacy support in 2005/6. The study quantifies the potential economic benefits of the programme to UK society as between £940 million and £1.2 billion, or up to £12,100 per child receiving support against costs of £2800. Lords Jim O’Neill and Gus O’Donnell – PBE Patron and Chairman of the Board of Trustees respectively – joined an audience of pupils, teachers, academics and policymakers at the House of Lords on the 5th of December to welcome the release of the report.

Walking With The Wounded

Volunteers from Hatch Regeneris carried out a cost benefit analysis on WWTW's Employment Programme for veterans, which showed every £1 spent could result in a benefit of £3.

Equal Education

Volunteers from the Department for Education conducted a review of the existing evidence on educational attainment and looked into different commissioning approaches for bespoke tuition for looked after children.

Cambridge Cyrenians

PBE looked into the Older Homeless Service, which offers open-ended support to older people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. Scenario analysis showed the benefits of this intervention are highly likely to exceed the costs.

The Dulverton Trust

Volunteers from the Department for Work and Pensions worked on an evidence review, examining whether adventure learning and leadership programmes have a positive impact on the self-esteem, resilience and confidence of young people.
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Thank you

We would like to thank the skilled volunteers who worked on our projects throughout 2018. Thanks go to Alastair Neame, Alastair Carr, Alex Suchanek, Alison Hardaker, Allan Little, Andrea Lee, Andrew Jones, Ann Waters, Annie Gascoyne, Anusree Thome, Ben Woodham, Benjamin Thomas, Beverley Bishop, Brian Caire, Caroline Lee, Christopher Bollington, Colin Edwards, Dan Healy, Daniel Lindsay, Daniel Sellman, Danielle Wiggins-Conlon, David Trueman, David Wirth, David Seaward, Dorota Denning, Dylan West, Ed Godber, Elizabeth Hancock, Eugenia Caizzi, Federico Cilauro, Fiona Thom, Fionn Woodcock, Frances Haque, Gordon Eichhorst, Gosia Goralczyk, Gotz Kunze, Grace Hampson, Helene Beaujet, Hernando Bunuan, Ingrid Petrie, Iva Detelinova, James Oswald, Jamie Hett, Jane Delbene, Jay Gamble, Jo Blanden, Jon Franklin, Julia Bowman, Jun Wong, Kate Stratford, Khalida Choudhury, Kimon Doulis, Kyran Donald, Leath Al Obaidi, Luke Miller, Mantas Aleksa, Marina Rodes Sanchez, Mark Gallaher, Matt Parish, Matthew Mair, Meera Sookee, Michael Pang, Michael Duncan, Mike Hope, Nathan Warren, Nick Catton, Nidhi Arun, Ognyana Hristova, Opeyemi Otunuga, Paulo Abecasis, Peter Gambrill, Puneet Mehta, Riccardo Zecchinelli, Richard James, Rick Woodham, Samuel Mackley, Sanjay Raja, Sergiu Cociu, Simonetta Longhi, Smita Mehta, Stephen Hook, Tara Murray, Thomas Dooner, Tom Punton, Veselin Karadotchev, Victoria Duley, Vindelyn Smith-Hillman, Yashvant Nandha and Zareef Anam.

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