Social Impact Bonds: What’s the deal?

They are being touted in some quarters as the solution to the funding crisis in public services. A way of bringing private sector investment to address social issues. Perhaps, even, as the successor to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). But what are social impact bonds and how do they work? Continue reading

Doing the right thing

An atmosphere encouraging exemplary behavior is probably even more important than rules, necessary though these are. […] Contemplating any business act, an employee should ask himself whether he would be willing to see it immediately described by an informed and critical reporter on the front page of his local paper, there to be read by his spouse, children and friends.

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Time to be open about costs

Organisations in the not-for-profit sector, just like their private sector counterparts, require time, effort and resources if they are to be managed effectively. But there is increasing criticism from some quarters of the level of management and administration costs that these organisations incur. Charities and other not-for-profits need to be more confident in explaining their costs and in making the case for good management. Continue reading

Welcome

Welcome to Sockmonkey Consulting’s brand new website!

Sockmonkey Consulting provides high quality research and consultancy services to organisations in the public, not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors.

My name is Simon Perks and I am the founder, director and – for the moment, at least – sole employee. I work with organisations across the public, not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors to help them to make better decisions, to improve their performance and to achieve better value for money. Continue reading