Data, Reports, Case studies, blog
The Knowledge Centre aims to support the development of a robust and meaningful evidence base of CDFI lending. It will collate research, promote learnings through case studies and blogs, and increase transparency of available and new data. All the outputs of the Evaluation run by Sheffield Hallam’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research will be posted here.
More content will be added over the coming months
This is the First Annual Report of the Evaluation of the Community Investment Enterprise Facility (CIEF) being undertaken by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.
The Government’s central aim to ‘level-up’ the UK can be realised by deploying funds through expert organisations already stationed in the most deprived regions of the UK.
The Government can make best use of its post-Brexit funding by utilising the vehicles already in place which encourage enterprise in typically underserved areas; a consortium of national CDFIs would ensure full coverage of the UK’s regions....read more
Earlier this year Big Society Capital launched a range of community investment initiatives with partners, including the £30 million Community Investment Enterprise Facility, to help meet the capital needs of underserved small businesses located in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Core to this was our strong desire to learn and build a robust evidence base of CDFI lending – this update sets out how we plan to do that....read more
Big Society Capital and Citi collaborated at the beginning of this year to convene the Community Investment Steering Group to complement other initiatives Big Society Capital launched with partners including the £30 million Community Investment Enterprise Facility and evaluation led by Sheffield Hallam University....read more
This is the second in a series of updates about our work to support underserved small enterprises in disadvantaged areas across the UK through community investment. We set out a five-year vision for community investment which has been developed collectively by the enterprise lending Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs)....read more
BSC and its partners launched a range of initiatives earlier this year to support community lenders to reach more underserved small enterprises in disadvantages areas – this is the first in a series of updates which looks at what it means to be a community lender as they themselves define it....read more
US CDFI LISC explores the opportunity for impact investing for CDFIs in the US with many lessons learned applicable for the UK (December 2017)....read more
Civitas explores the role of Enterprise Lending CDFIs to meet the financing needs of underserved small enterprises (January 2017)...read more
Responsible Finance’s research into the demand for finance from underserved small enterprises and the potential for CDFIs (February 2013)...read more
The report considers the impact of Community Investment Tax Relief since its launch in 2002 (March 2018)...read more
Commissioned by the British Business Bank, PwC considers the sustainability of CDFIs in the UK today (December 2015)...read more
An overview of the start-up ecosystem in the UK and the role of CDFIs in supporting start-up enterprises (November 2017)...read more
A tool to enable CDFIs to report on their social impact and outcomes (June 15)...read more