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23rd Jan 2015

On Tuesday 20th January 2015 at Kensington Town Hall, Katharine Horler, Chief Executive of Adviza was a keynote speaker at an event hosted in partnership with the Local Government Association and the Big Lottery Fund, as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund.

The conference discussed social investment as an additional source of long-term funding for early intervention and prevention in public services. It focused on two objectives of generating savings and improving quality of service, helping organisations to evaluate whether social impact bonds and other payment by results-based models were suitable for them.

With over 12 keynote speakers and 6 workshops, the conference brought together over 300 representatives from leading local authorities, voluntary and community sector organisations and social investors. An interactive zone featuring Adviza and 13 other exhibitors including Big Lottery Fund, Big Society Capital and Action for Children, was available to delegates all day, enabling them to ask questions, find out more about the organisations and to network.

Katharine Horler spoke alongside four other panellists about social investment to 2020. They discussed their experiences of social investment and Katharine shared her tips for other organisations considering this model. Katharine described Adviza’s experience of setting up and running the Energise programme, a payment by results project funded by social investors.

The conference had a great turnout and received excellent coverage on social media, with Twitter posts reaching 54,260 people. Twitter users tweeted on the live discussions taking place at the conference and Katharine received very positive coverage about her talk:

Lee Teideman, Project Manager for the Energise project said: “The Social Investment conference was a great opportunity to share the positive experience Adviza has had delivering the Energise Project. Visitors to the Adviza stand were particularly interested to understand the benefits that come with working with a Board of Investors and the lessons learned over the past two years”.

Katharine Horler, Chief Executive of Adviza said: “It was excellent to see such a great turnout for the conference and so many engaged people!”

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