Interim Chief Executive, Matthew discusses understanding the role of user voice and lived experience in social investment.
I recently attended a very thought provoking and engaging round table discussion at the Esme Fairburn Foundation offices coordinated by the Young Foundation
TalentEd are currently collaborating with a range of key stakeholders including St Giles Trust, the Good Things Foundation, Keystone Accountability, Sumerian Partners, CAF, and City of London, Kineara, The Good Economy, Collective Voice, Revolving Doors and Big Society Capital. This work is being done in support of our partners The Young Foundation in research to understand the role and potential of user voice and lived experience in social investment.
The research is being delivered with support from Big Society Capital and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, through this work we aim to:
- Explore the strength of the case for listening and acting on user voice in social investing
- Set out an analysis of existing tools, approaches used in this and other fields
- Assess how these approaches might increase the effectiveness and impact of social investment
- Co-create a set of guiding principles for consideration when adopting these processes
- Identify opportunities for further practical experimentation
As user voice and lived experience is a fundamental part of TalentEd’s evaluation and feedback process, we are ideally situated to support this work. The research seeks to capture the experiences and perspectives of both funders, facilitators and beneficiaries from the charity and not for profit sector.
During the process, TalentEd have attended a number of round table discussions and engaged in a range of interviews, with face to face discussions with beneficiaries of the TalentEd programme scheduled in for the month ahead.
At the end of this short inquiry, we will share:
- The case for listening and acting on user voice in the field of social investment
- A broad typology and analysis of existing tools, approaches; their benefits & challenges
- The touch points for social investment – where and how can user voice increase the effectiveness and impact of social investment
- A distillation of guiding principles and ethics when considering this approach, both in the field of social investment, and more broadly.