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Hertfordshire Matters

Our Needs Analysis for Hertfordshire Communities

Hertfordshire Matters is our needs analysis that indicates the health and vitality of the county across broad themes and helps to identify significant trends and issues that are affecting our communities.

In addition to the in-depth Hertfordshire Matters Report, we also produce annual themed interim reports as part of our commitment to understanding the needs, challenges and opportunities in our county.
The research is helping us to:

  • Identify priorities for grant making

  • Inform our donors and inspire local philanthropy


  • It is also a useful tool for groups making evidenced-based funding applications.


2016 Hertfordshire Matters - Full report

Produced in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and the Hertfordshire County Council Community Information and Intelligence Unit, this full report is over 100 pages long.
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2016 Hertfordshire Matters - Highlights report

This highlights report gives a brief overview of the full report's findings in an easy to digest format.
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Results of the Hertfordshire Matters survey - 2016

In addition to the desktop research undertaken in 2016, a community survey was used to underpin the report's findings.
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Strong Communities Report

Published in 2017 this was our first interim report. It contains data, feedback from our communities, links to further information and snapshots of some of our activities which are helping to improve community cohesion in Hertfordshire.
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Learning Disabilities Report

Published in June 2018 this report looks at the needs of those with learning disabilities in the county, and how HCF can best support the groups who help to meet them.
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Public Health Profiles

Keep up to date with public health 'snapshots' in your area, updated each year with key statistics
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New Hertfordshire Matters Report coming soon:

Last published in 2016, the new Hertfordshire Matters Report will be published on Thursday 19 March from 6.00pm at Rothamsted Research's Fowden Hall, Harpenden.

The event is an ideal opportunity for philanthropists, local organisations, community leaders and the voluntary sector to understand the key issues facing local residents in 2020 and to hear about HCF’s priorities for the year ahead.

Catch up with our latest news

Coronavirus Relief Fund survey results have been published
We are really grateful to all 222 organisations that responded to our recent online survey. We’d also like to thank the 14 local organisations working across a range of needs that were interviewed by video conferencing or phone as part of our research.
Crowdfund Hertfordshire webpage launched to help local charities and businesses
A new Hertfordshire wide crowdfunding platform went live this week giving local groups and organisations an opportunity to secure funds through crowdfunding. The site has been established by Hertfordshire County Council and will be managed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
NEW: Good Governance online training for senior leadership
Our new webinar series has been developed to support the Hertfordshire voluntary sector to ensure good governance during COVID-19 and beyond. .
Please complete our coronavirus impact survey
HCF is committed to continuing to support Hertfordshire’s local voluntary sector organisations helping those most affected by the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. .