In January 2017, we completed our first draft of the CBT funding strategy for 2018 to 2023. We have built the evidence base for this strategy through working with Londoners and key stakeholders from all sectors linked to our work. To read our draft strategy in full, please visit the Draft Strategy page.
Following the publication of the Draft Strategy, we invited stakeholders to complete an online survey by the end of March. We had over 80 responses to this survey and the results will be used to inform the final strategy.
During March we held a series of Focus Groups to discuss the strategy. These were extremely well attended with most sessions fully booked, and the discussions will feed into the final Funding Strategy.
Stakeholders have been engaged through face-to-face group and one-to-one meetings; attending and contributing to various conferences, workshops and meetings; commissioning an independent grantee perception survey through the Centre for Effective Philanthropy (227 anonymous responses received); launching an online survey from November 2016 to January 2017 open to all (62 responses received); and through our social media hashtag #BridgingLondon. This is a conversation that will continue until the next strategy is agreed, and beyond.
We estimate that since August 2016, we have engaged with over 500 people who have all helped to inform our thinking. A list of the 300 people who have contributed to the review, along with a brief summary of how they have been engaged can be found here.
This work has been further underpinned by various pieces of research that we have commissioned to analyse need in London through the prism of disadvantage; funding best practice; and to determine CBT’s role in London’s funding ecology. To-date, a Literature Review of the research analysing need through the prism of disadvantage has been completed in full, and it can be found here.
The research commissioned for completion by Rob Bell, (to review best practice within the funding sector) will be available by mid-February 2017, and will inform the processes and approaches we apply to distributing our funding in the future. The same timeframe applies to CBT’s decision to commission Collaborate CIC to complete a market scoping review of CBT. This will form the basis from which CBT begins to devise options as to how the work of funders and investors in London’s civil society can be mapped to create a navigable overview of the London funding ecology.
CBT is immensely grateful to everyone who has so generously given up their time to share their expertise with us. A diverse range of views has been expressed to-date, and this draft strategy is our first attempt to gather the themes and ideas that were expressed in such a way that enables CBT to add real value.