Policy and Research

Championing and defending civil society

We ask (and keep asking) how change is happening today, spot emerging trends and ask what barriers change-makers are facing.

We do it by listening to the people making change, sharing what we learn and building our evidence base.

Because we listen as much as we speak, we can confidently champion civil society’s right to speak out and offer training and expert consultancy that’s always up to date.

SMK Campaigner Survey: what was 2023 like for YOU?

Now in its eighth year, this annual survey has become a crucial resource in guiding our work, understanding the experiences of people involved in social change, determining where challenges and opportunities lie and how we can better support you. 

With a general election looming, it’s never been more relevant to know what your fellow campaigners are up to. We want to hear from you! 

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Trustee attitudes to campaigning

We surveyed 165 charity trustees on their attitudes, appetite and understanding of speaking out, campaigning, charity regulation and more.

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The Social Change Project

We continuously ask ‘what can we learn about how social change is happening today that can strengthen civil society?

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Protecting the space to campaign

Civil society’s right to speak out is vital to our democracy. It’s something we champion and fight to protect.

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Amplifying campaigners’ voices

What’s happening with change-makers? Our Annual Campaigner Survey helps us speak up more powerfully for them. Read more >

Trustee Survey Results 2023

We surveyed 165 charity trustees on their attitudes to speaking out, campaigning, charity regulation, and more. 

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SMK policy and research reports

How change happens

Defending our Democratic Space 

This report documents the problem, asks why it is happening, and shares strategies we can use to counter the threats.

Rules for Revolutionaries

Speak up, we need you!

Why are charity CEOs relatively under-represented in the national conversation? This report offers perspectives, raises questions, and offers challenges to charity leaders.

How organizations develop activists

It’s all about power

The Power Project calls for a new way of thinking about power, and action to build solidarity in social change. This is a guide to thinking differently about power for solidarity in social change.

Rules for Radicals

The Chilling Reality Report

Is the Lobbying Act affecting civil society’s ability to campaign? The evidence says ‘yes’.

How change happens

The Social Power Report 

How civil society can unleash ‘Social Power’ by being bolder and braver, and new tools to help you think differently.

SMK Campaigner Survey results

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2021 Results

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2020 Results

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2019 Results

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2018 Results

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2017 Results

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2016 Results

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