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Research Report on MIS & ACO members Nov 2017

This is the full report on results of online survey and follow-up interviews on ACO member charities' use of the Minimum Income Standard to help them assess the financial needs of individuals and households - Prof. Donald Hirsch, Centre for Research & Social Policy, Loughborough University, November 2017.

1. Have you heard of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS)?

2. If ‘Yes’ which answer would you say best reflects your awareness of the research?

I know the basics of what MIS represents
I know broadly how the research is carried out
I know broadly how MIS can be used

3. Has your organisation used or considered using the Minimum Income Standard?

Yes, we have used it
We have considered using it, but not done so
We have not considered using it

4. How have you used MIS?

To assess applicants’ incomes to determine eligibility for grants
If yes, is this your main criterion for assessing eligibility?
Do you use it for other purposes?

5. Of the grants awarded using MIS as a criterion, in the most recent year for which data is available:

Approximately how many grants were awarded?

4,534 with an average of 775

Approximately what was their total value?

Range from £4,800 to £6m, average £1.1m

6. Other purposes: Do you use MIS other than to compare someone’s overall income to the MIS budgets (eg looking at specific areas of spending)?

7. Having considered using MIS, what are the reasons that you are not doing so at present?

“We want to align the use of it with a review of our own grant-making criteria and policy”

“ It would involve changing the system we are using at the moment… a matter of having the resources to change it at present”

“We are currently looking at our assessment process and this will be something we look at”

“We are undertaking a strategic review. It will be discussed as part of reviewing our existing programme and developing any new programme”

“It needs to be part of a broader strategic re-think, which is in process”

8. Might you consider using MIS in the future?

Survey conducted between 19/11/2017 and 10/12/2017

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This is the full report on results of online survey and follow-up interviews on ACO member charities' use of the Minimum Income Standard to help them assess the financial needs of individuals and households - Prof. Donald Hirsch, Centre for Research & Social Policy, Loughborough University, November 2017.

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