Big Potential Breakthrough: Year 4 Evaluation

This evaluation of the fourth year of Big Potential Breakthrough (BPB) demonstrates how the activity of this landmark initiative has helped charites and social enterprises grow and increase their impact.

This fourth year review is the first BPB evaluation that has taken place after the programme’s completion in February 2018. It is, therefore, the first opportunity to look back at the programme in its entirety: the successes and the challenges in a time of rapid change for the whole of the social sector.

BPB engaged a wide variety of charities and social enterprise from across England and provided £9.54 million in grant funding (£6.89 million across 255 preliminary grants and £2.65 million across 64 investment plan grants). At the time of writing, the total social investment achieved (26 deals to date valued at £6.3 million) has been nearly double the grant funding provided. This is a total we expect to grow further.

We hope that the experience of Big Potential shared in this, and other evaluations, helps to shape the development of future programmes so that they can apply the lessons we’ve learned and be more effective as a result.

Please note this version of the report (dated September 2019) has an amendment which corrects a typographical error in the previous July 2018 version. 

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