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The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal Evaluation

Unit(s) of assessment: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Research theme: Health and Wellbeing

School: School of Social Sciences


NTU secured ESRC funding to evaluate the first activation of the National Emergencies Trust. The team will be evaluating the process and impact of the first activation of this unique organisation which aims to harness the nation’s generosity to support at pace those affected by a nationally significant emergency. The team will deliver a mixed methods evaluation across a 12-month period, exploring how the Trust reacted to this unprecedented challenge that the world has faced in Covid-19. Through the research we will be reviewing policies and procedures, mapping where and how giving was distributed to a range of organisations and beneficiaries, and the impact that this had on communities across the UK.

The project is divided into two phases to help the Trust and other organisations learn and build from the experience to support future activations that ensure charitable giving reaches those most in need in an effective and timely manner. The team is ably supported by an Advisory Board made up of leading experts and practitioners who ensure the work is relevant to policymakers and practitioners from a broad range of perspectives and sectors.


The National Emergencies Trust launched in November 2019. The first charity of its kind to distribute funds in times of national disaster. The overall purpose of this evaluation is to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the activation relative to its objectives, in order to learn from this appeal, to ensure accountability, and to share experiences across the sector. The evaluation will be completed in two phases, which will evaluate the processes developed, and the impact of the appeal. Outcomes from this evaluation will be used to shape The Trust’s policy and processes and will be disseminated with the sector to encourage wider learning and policy influence.

The team will be sharing interim findings in the summer of 2021 with a final report and additional outputs due through the life of this project and into early 2022.

To contact the research team email them via:


Learning Together: From Pandemic to Future Preparedness

Thursday 29 September - 10-12:30


Hear independent learnings from the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal and share and shape ideas for future disaster response.

Join us at this fully interactive, virtual event to:

Hear and discuss learnings from researchers at Nottingham Trent University who led the independent evaluation of the National Emergencies Trust’s Appeal

Discover wider pandemic insights from some of the UK’s leading emergency response experts, including from the National Preparedness Commission, New Philanthropy Capital, Lancaster University and the University of Sussex, the survivor community and more

Share your perspective on the Covid-19 response and UK preparedness as part of interactive panel discussions on response vs recovery, data during disasters, and trust and relationships.

Shape recommendations for how the UK should respond to future disasters in the most efficient and equitable way.

The event is free, please sign up here to secure your place.


National Emergencies Trust Coronovirus Appeal Evaluation: Phase 1 Summary

This is a summary of the findings of the first part of the two-stage evaluation of the National Emergencies Trust’s first activation and subsequent appeal. This supported the UK’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Phase 1 of the evaluation was designed to address decision making around the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the appeal.  The full Phase 1 report will be available below.

Dr Sally Andrews, Dr Lesley Alborough, Supreet Uppal, Rich Pickford, Dr Rowena Hill and Dr Duncan Guest

February 2022