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Access Quadrennial Review – Call for Evidence

You are invited to provide input to the Quadrennial Review of Access - the Foundation for Social Investment (Access).

A Review Panel, led by Keith Leslie (Chair of Samaritans), will be carrying out the independent review of Access by gathering evidence in the coming weeks.

The panel’s approach will be to highlight Access’s key achievements and identify strategic issues where it believes further consideration is required for sustained success in delivering on its mission. The final report will be published in summer 2021.

The panel is seeking input from stakeholders, many of whom will be approached directly, but all interested parties are invited to respond. All responses will be treated in confidence and not shared with Access but directed to a Secretariat that is supporting the Review. Please send any response or request for further information to Sophie Kelly:

Key questions the panel will be asking include:

How effective has Access been in promoting enterprise activity and developing access to finance for the social sector in England?

How do you think Access has delivered the broader systems change suggested by its mission?

How effective has Access been in enabling social investment providers to offer new financial products for the sector?

What issues/opportunities should Access address to deliver enhanced systems change and social impact?

The review will be carried out on behalf of the Oversight Trust which is responsible for the oversight of the work of the four organisations that receive Dormant Account Funding designated for England: Access - the Foundation for Social Investment, Big Society Capital, Fair4All Finance and Youth Futures Foundation. Its role is to ensure that these organisations remain true to their respective missions.

Please click below to download further details. This document can also be found on our Publications page

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