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Our Approach

We are a non-profit social change organisation that uses technology to help charities, social enterprises, and government deliver better services and improve lives. To achieve this, we leverage our experience and expertise in:

Social Change

We start with the social issue and work with service users, practitioners and experts to understand the problem and identify where tech can have an impact.

User-centred design

We co-design tools with clients to ensure that they are easy-to-use, have the right functionality and can answer the questions that matter most.

Data engineering

We design data models and views that combine data from a range of sources to create a holistic picture of the people we are trying to support.

Secure and Ethical Development

We build solutions that protect data, respect privacy, and deliver clear public benefit. Our understanding of policy and operational realities enable us to use the minimum data required to generate insight.

Change Management

We work closely with social organisations and government to embed our solutions into how they work. This enables their staff, from the CEO to the frontline, to get the insight they need.

Data Science and Machine Learning

We write algorithms to tackle the problems that really matter by surfacing insights that our social and public sector partners understand, trust and know how to use.

Our Work

Our solutions help the social and public sectors to better address entrenched social problems.

Our Story

Our goal is to enable the public and social sectors to deliver life changing services to vulnerable people.

  • Summer 2010

    World's First Social Impact Bond

    Social Finance launched the world’s first social impact bond (SIB) - a new model of investing in preventative services that tackle entrenched social problems. There are now 60+ SIBs around the world addressing problems ranging from reoffending to the loneliness of the elderly.

  • Autumn 2012

    SIB performance management and real-time data analysis tools

    Social Finance starts building and embedding tech-enabled performance management and real-time data analysis tools into all of our SIBs as social organisations, charities, government, and investors recognise its power – the ability to ensure services are delivered to the right people at the right time.

  • Winter 2015

    Children's Services Change Management in Newcastle

    Newcastle and Social Finance launch a transformation project to redesign its children’s services operating model with a focus on effective early intervention, improved targeting of services and the better use of data.

  • Summer 2015

    Social Finance Digital Labs Launched

    We launched Social Finance Digital Labs to harness the power of technology to help our social and public sector partners solve entrenched social problems.

  • Autumn 2015

    Edge of Care Commissioning Tool

    Digital Labs builds analysis tool that helps local authorities better understand the care journeys of children and the cost implications of not providing preventative support. The tool has helped nine local authorities rethink their approach to supporting children on the edge of care.

  • Spring 2016

    Analyst Workbench

    Digital Labs develops an interactive decision tree tool as part of the Analyst Workbench to support Manchester and Newcastle better understand the drivers on young people being ‘not in education, employment or training’.

  • Summer 2016

    Children's Services Learning Community

    Digital Labs begins prototyping the Children’s Services Benchmarking Tool that will enable local authorities to easily surface operationally relevant insights and share-best practice.

Our Team

We have a passion for helping the social and public sectors deliver life-changing services and a proven-track record of innovation and social impact.

Anneka Sillitoe

Anneka worked as a journalist before realising her calling was not to interview stars, but to write amazing front end code to help the world.

Daniel Miodovnik

Dan knows the issues. He left public policy and the States to study stats and has worked on everything from children’s services to criminal justice.

Kaj Siebert

Kaj is a former astrophysicist and fintech entrepreneur who now builds our secure analysis environment and platform for deploying tools.

Laura Dale-Harris

Laura is a mathematician and former consultant who is now developing products for evaluating social programmes and assessing risk.

Lucy Monie Hall

Lucy is a developer and a parent to three small children. She is interested in using tech to reduce homelessness.

Marie-Alphie Dallest

Marie-Alphie is searching for new insights to help us better understand Children’s Services departments and find inspiration for our next products.

Matthew Pugh

Matthew is a former mathematics teacher who decided in his thirties that he wanted to build back end services for more than just the classroom.

Rikk Hill

Rikk studied machine learning before training his mind to write algorithms to identify the needs of young people and predict what will happen to them.

Robert Pollock

Robert is a former Treasury civil servant. He helps translate the innovative techy data stuff so commissioners can understand how it will help them achieve greater impact.

Sara Guerrerio de Sousa

Sara has a background in Mathematics and Finance and skills in Data Science and Machine Learning. She believes in the good use of data to enable better decision processes and generate more social impact.

Toby Eccles

Toby left finance, then tech, then grantmaking before launching Social Finance and is now getting social organisations and government talking data and tech.

Tom Corfield

Tom is passionate about delivering great products to the right people. Listening to the end users needs and translating to the team is key to building successful products.

Join the Digital Labs Team

We’re on a mission to empower people with the technology they need to improve the lives of vulnerable people across the UK – come join us!

Come and work with leaders from tech, finance and government to build products that empower people to tackle entrenched social problems.

You’re the kind of person who looks around at the world and sees important, fundamental social problems that need solving. You want to use your talents to make the world a better place. You’re looking for a big new challenge.

We’re actively hiring for engineers, data scientists, product managers, and ux designers. And we’re always excited to talk with smart people from any background who share our mission. Contact us at digitallabsrecruitment@socialfinance.org.uk

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