About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund supported innovations that use social action to help unemployed people improve their skills and get back to work, including through supporting enterprise and self-employment.

Evaluations of these innovations will be published from August 2016 onwards.


Smart Works - an evaluation of Smart Works effectiveness at helping unemployed women get back into work.

Task Squad - an evaluation of vInspired's platform to support employability of young volunteers.

Vi-ability - an evaluation to assess the impact of Vi-Ability, a social enterprise that helps your people gain skills whilst supporting community sports clubs.

VIY by Cospa - an evaluation to assess how effective VIY is at developing young people’s technical and softer employability skills through carrying out essential repairs on local youth clubs and community centre buildings.