In 2015, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) undertook a study of place-based approaches to funding, working with London Funders and overseen by a steering group of:
— Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
— Big Lottery Fund
— City Bridge Trust
— Comic Relief
— Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
— Lankelly Chase Foundation
— Tudor Trust
— UK Community Foundations
The research aimed to shed light on the place-based approaches used by UK trusts and foundations, and identify learning about the pitfalls and successes of these approaches.
Using the findings from the research, a framework to support funders in the planning and implementation of place-based approaches has been produced. This is presented in the form of questions linked to key stages in the development of place-based working: rationale, design and delivery.
The aim is to help funders to anticipate, address and review the challenges of place-based approaches in order to achieve their potential benefits.