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.
Change in the making
Austerity measures and welfare reform are contributing to a particularly unsettled environment for third sector organisations. Many are grappling with substantial change. The TSRC will be exploring how change is created, contested, understood and experienced within the third sector.
Community action and social media: trouble in Utopia?
Social media has not been adopted as widely by community organisations as might have been expected. This study explores the gap between claims for the transformative power of social media, and its use by grassroots community groups and organisations in England. It concludes that social media makes too many demands – in terms of skills, time, and the demonstration of impact – to make its adoption sufficiently straightforward for community organisations.
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