Shettleston Community Growing Project

Social investment Publications

Shettleston Community Growing Project

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Social Impact Bonds evaluation

Commissioning Better Outcomes (CBO) supports organisations to develop and launch social impact bonds (SIBs). We want to improve the understanding of SIBs, by capturing learning at all stages of development and delivery, so we’ve commissioned an external evaluation that will evaluate CBO over its nine-year life.

Below is the series of reports from this evaluation:

Growing the Social Investment Market

We worked with Big Society Capital, City of London Corporation and Government to commission a report about the social investment landscape. ICF GHK in association with BMG Research carried out the research in 2013. The results of this work are in these reports:


In 2012 we commissioned work to help us better understand when social investment works best. The report investigated:

  • What investment-readiness means
  • The barriers to becoming investment-ready
  • The support needed to become investment-ready and how The National Lottery Community Fund and other funders can help.

You can read more about our findings in the following reports:

Mapping Social Enterprise in Scotland

We mapped social enterprises and their activity across Scotland, allowing us to understand their prevalence, scale, characteristics, reach, distribution and financial health. This has given us a baseline from which we can measure the difference made by our social investment-themed initiatives in Scotland.

Learning about the impact of our funding on social enterprises

In 2014, we commissioned Social Enterprise UK to evaluate the impact that our funding has had on social enterprises so we can improve our support for social enterprises in the future:

Learning about the impact of The National Lottery Community Fund's funding on social enterprises (Word, 561KB)

Understanding the capacity and need to take on investment within the social sector

In 2015 the Social Investment Research Council ;– which the Fund is a member of - commissioned NCVO to use new methods of accessing and using charity sector data to build an understanding of the potential demand for social investment.