New civil society research centre

Wiserd, the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods, has been successful in bidding for funds from Economic and Social Research Council for civil society research.

A new centre, WISERD/Civil Society, will see a five year programme of policy relevant research addressing civil society in Wales, the UK and internationally, launching in autumn 2014 (further details will be presented at a conference on 3rd/4th July). See WISERD news.

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The big issues for NCVO’s member organisations

NCVO has collated the results of the consultation with its members on their priorities when thinking ahead to the general election in May 2015.

Civil Society Media gives the headline priorities as “Better volunteering support, better commissioning and more grant funding”, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17166/ and NCVO has an article ‘What you told us – the big issues for the sector ahead of the next General Election’ at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/03/20/what-you-told-us/.

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Charity inquiry effectiveness v. transparency

The Charity Commission has welcomed a Supreme Court judgment dismissing all grounds of an appeal brought by a journalist who had requested information about concluded statutory inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act. The Commission says that they “have to balance the need for transparency with the need to conduct effective inquiries in the public interest that uncover mismanagement and wrongdoing in charities”.

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Public participation and 38 Degrees

Open Democracy has an interesting article ‘The myth of the keyboard warrior: public participation and 38 Degrees’.

Preliminary findings after completing an ethnographic study of 38 Degrees suggest that it bears little resemblance to the organisational models that we’ve become accustomed to, providing “soft leadership” and a conduit for its membership.

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