Voluntary sector research round-up

A round-up of recent published research undertaken about or for the voluntary sector – on ageing, rural ethnic communities, community hospital support, costs of the living wage, refugee destitution, charity data and offenders. From Third Sector Research Centre, Voluntary Sector Studies Network, NPC.

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Building a stronger sector data resource

Funding from the Economic and Social Research Council will enable NCVO and the Third Sector Research Centre to collect data from a sample of 10,000 charities in England and Wales. Building on research already carried out for the annual UK Civil Society Almanac, they will then create a data resource that will improve the evidence base for the voluntary sector, particularly in relation to its finances and resources over the past decade.

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Debating community led research with a Roma case study

The latest Discussion Paper from the Third Sector Research Centre is ‘Co-producing knowledge with below the radar communities: Factionalism, Commodification or Partnership? A Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Case Study’. The paper explores the debates around community led research, identifies challenges in the co-production of research knowledge and how more inclusive models of research might be developed in future.

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Social networks as part of community wellbeing

A new research working paper examines the assumptions behind interest in social networks as contributing to individual and community wellbeing and local quality of life.

Published by Third Sector Research Centre, ‘Luck, passion, networks and skills: the recipe for action below the radar?’ is in pdf, 635KB from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/documents/tsrc/working-papers/working-paper-129.pdf

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