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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 

More stories about Big Local - listen to what is happening in Big Locals

Getting By? A year in the life of 30 working families in Liverpool
Over the last 18 months the below the radar workstream has been supporting the 'Getting By? Project'. Read the final report.

Our latest Working Paper

'Black People don't drink tea...' The experience of Rural Black and Minority Ethnic Community Groups in England

This is the latest TSRC Working Paper examining the under-researched experiences of Black and Minority community groups in rural England. As such it is a companion piece to TSRC's Working Paper 103. 'Very small, very quiet, a whisper...' Black and Ethnic Minority groups: voice and influence, which explored the experiences of urban BME groups.





Latest blogs

From John Mohan
Paid leave to volunteer: A lesson in economic geography

From Angus McCabe
Community Action and Social Media Survey - last chance to take part and help us understand how community groups use social media

From John Mohan
Digging deeper into open grants data: why might we find variations between communities?

From Rob MacMillan
ChangeUp ten years on: share your infrastructure development stories.


Unfolding tales of
voluntary action

What is the full story of third sector activity in communities struggling to manage tough economic and social challenges? How are organisations and individuals adapting and helping to set the agenda?

The 'Unfolding tales...' series explores these issues and more, from the unique vantage point of TSRC's 'Real Times' project.


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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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