TSRC – the UK's centre for civil society research

The Third Sector Research Centre works to enhance knowledge through independent and critical research.  In collaboration with practitioners, policy makers, and other academics, we explore the key issues affecting charities and voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals. 

Latest research 

The Story of G:Up; a regional third sector network, Working paper 138 by Helen Kara.

In this paper Helen Kara, Associate Fellow at
TSRC, provides a critical reflection on the story of G:Up, a regional
infrastructure network which aimed to support voluntary organisations working
with children and young people in the West Midlands.

Belief in Social Action: Exploring faith groups' responses to local needs, A TSRC Briefing Paper 137, by Angus McCabe, Heather Buckingham and Steve Miller with Marcianne Musabyimana

Blending, Braiding and Balancing: Combining formal and informal modes of social action, A TSRC Briefing Paper 136  and Working Paper 136 by Alison Gilchrist.

 Unemployment, voluntary work, health and wellbeing, a TSI Working Paper by Daiga Kamerāde and Matthew Bennett










Latest blogs

From Daiga Kamerāde, Jo Crotty and Sergej Ljubownikow

Is volunteering an outcome or a driver of democratisation ?

From Angus McCabe, Mandy Wilson and Rob Macmillan.

Our Bigger Story: the first chapter. Multimedia evaluation of Big local

From Kevin Harris and Angus McCabe

Trouble in Utopia? Community organisations and social media



Our Bigger Story: The first Chapter Big Local First Interim Evaluation Summary Report

Community Work in England: Looking to the Future - Conference Report

Measuring impact of volunteering on wellbeing and mental health

Slides from the presentation of the TSRC Research Fellow Daiga Kamerāde at the NCVO National Volunteering Forum on 04.05 are available here.






Forthcoming events

Public service markets don't work and they can't: Insights from the voluntary sector, Kathy Evans, Children England, Tuesday 13 September 2016, 3.00 - 5.00 pm


Knowledge Portal


Over 6700 documents have now been added to the Third Sector Knowledge Portal, our easy-to-use online library of research, evidence, and analysis.


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