We provide research on the latest disruptive trends in social change, on behalf of our clients but also to inform and engage with the wider sector. We exist to put social innovation at the top of the agendas for charities, businesses and governments.
Our three flagship reports are

Charities Unlocked: Realising the Commercial & Social Value of Charitable Assets explores how charities can utilise their assets and strengths in order to drive commercial revenue.

TSIC Fuse: The Future of Business aims to re-engineer businesses to deliver social change through applying their core assets. Other than our flagship reports, we conduct research briefings quarterly focused on disruptive trends in the sector. We occasionally organise events and roundtables based on our in-house research.

USERS: Putting users’ voices at the heart of Evaluation is a practical resource designed to help funders, organisations and end users can implement an inclusive approach to impact evaluation.

The Diversity Forum Toolkit: Practical resources is aimed at any social investor and social investment organisation interested in promoting diversity and inclusion.

We also published quarterly research briefings on disruptive trends in social change, including:

Q4 2018 – Inclusion of user voices in social change discusses the barriers to inclusion of user voices and proposes a starter for ten list to including user voices throughout the design, implementation and evaluation of social change.

Q4 2017 – The role of technology in charity innovation looks at the role of technology in facilitating charities’ innovation, particularly in terms of income generation. The report draws on the findings of the feasibility study for a new digital tool we’re developing called Ideas4Good, which seeks to do exactly that – make innovation easier (and cheaper) for charities, as well as encouraging collaboration within organisations and beyond.

Q3 2017 – Supporting youth-led innovation to achieve the SDGs: SDSN Youth Solutions Report Policy Brief outlines concrete recommendations for key stakeholders to advance youth innovation for achieving the SDGs.

Q2 2017 – The Impact of Diversity on Innovation in the Social Investment Sector uncovers a disconcerting problem in social investment firms – a lack of diversity amongst those making investment decisions.

Q4 2016 – B Corporation Benefits? looks at the impact of B Corporation certification on organisations’ performance and growth.

Q1 2017 Charities Unlocked: Progress and Potential for Charity Revenue Generation investigates the relevance of this methodology in the charity sector currently given the challenges faced by them.

Q3 2016 – The Social Investment Case for Early Intervention puts forward the case for investing in early intervention in the education sector.

Q1 2011 – Financing Social Enterprises in the UK examines the social investment funding gap known as the ‘missing middle’.

Q4 2010 – The Growing Power of Ethical Consumers looks at how strategic community engagement can be good for business.

We conduct research and develop reports for clients on various topics including social investment. For instance, we have previously been commissioned by the Social Investment Research Council  to scope potential new sources of capital for the UK social investment market.
If you are interested in commissioning research, or in knowing more about our research and events, please contact Bonnie Chiu at

Research Clients

Our research has also been featured by Financial Times, Fast Company and The Guardian.