Our Research

We exist to put social innovation at the top of the agendas for charities, businesses and governments. 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.

Flagship Methodologies

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.

IMPACT: impact verification for impact investors is our framework to verify the impact measurement and management practices and processes for impact investors, based on industry best standards such as Operating Principles for Impact Management (OPIM)

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

TSIC DEI maturity model “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Cube” – DEI Maturity Model for Social Impact Organisations is our methodology to support social change organisations to holistically reflect on their DEI progress.

We also published in-house 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.

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.

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

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.

Q4 2022  – Involuntary-Resettlement-Best-Practices proposes social development and equity considerations for Forced Relocation in Infrastructure Projects.

COVID-19 Knowledge Resources

With our research and evaluation expertise, we are offering two sets of free knowledge resources. This is also based on our belief that more evidence-based and equitable responses can help minimise the harm of this crisis, and a systemic lens can help us create a better future.

1) COVID-19 Briefing for philanthropists

The purpose of this briefing is to help philanthropists understand precisely where they can have the biggest impact in COVID-19 pandemic and make evidence-based funding decisions during this challenging time. We have published a free sample report for the UK, find here.

Please let us know if you find value in this, and we can refresh this report upon request. More in-depth investigations into an impact area or region can also be conducted as required.

2) COVID-19 Impact Database on vulnerable groups

This interactive database consolidates the evidence currently scattered across many sources, to bring a holistic picture on how COVID-19 is affecting vulnerable groups across the world. We hope that the emerging evidence base can generate some actionable insights, so that equity and inclusion will become integral to COVID-19 responses. Read more about our rationale in the blog here.

Our research has also been featured by Financial TimesFast Company and The Guardian.