Funders need to be aware of emerging issues relating to the areas of need with which they are concerned. Alongside what our members learn from their grantees about what is happening on the front-line, we share intelligence from across funding sectors with our members, through horizon scanning for our monthly bulletin. We also commission work to find out about issues and developments that are important to funders. This might relate to a change in the policy environment, identified by one or more members or through our conversations with wider civil society.
For example, members of our Children and Young People network wanted to learn more about the state of freely available children’s services. We commissioned Partnership for Young London to look at four boroughs. Their report ’25% of the population but 100% of the future’, revealed wide variations in service provision and provided the impetus for further work leading to the ‘Vision for Young Londoners’.