Input requested to N Ireland sector survey

Northern Ireland’s umbrella body NICVA has launched its seventh State of the Sector survey, which has been circulated to nearly 5,000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland.

NIStateof Sector7The State of the Sector survey explores key areas such as workforce, income, expenditure and volunteering and has become a valuable resource for the voluntary and community sector.  The survey is run by NICVA every three years and provides respondents with an opportunity to provide information about an organisation and the work that it does. 

Any NI organisation that hasn’t received an email invite should contact as soon as possible. The survey should be completed by 4pm Friday 20th November.

Creating the best sector overview

For nearly 20 years NICVA has used the findings from previous State of the Sector surveys to inform government, funders, academics and the media of the scale and impact of the sector. In addition, findings from previous surveys have proved invaluable to individual organisations and sub-sectors for a range of activities including lobbying and fundraising. See the ‘Top 10 Findings‘ from the last State of the Sector Survey.

Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA comments on the importance of the State of the Sector survey:

“State of the Sector reports provide the best information available into the health and wellbeing of voluntary action in Northern Ireland.  It’s the best overview of what community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises are doing.  It quantifies as far as possible income and expenditure and the spread of activity across an amazingly diverse sector.  Quite simply it’s the key building block for all other research on our sector.  Make sure you contribute as we want to capture your impact on life in Northern Ireland.”

The effectiveness of the survey relies on the response from across the sector and NICVA encourages all organisations, large and small, to take a few moments to complete it.

To find out more about the State of the Sector survey or NICVA’s research in general, contact Rachel Shannon 028 9087 7777,