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Rural Community Organising: 'Now you see it...'

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TSRC Working Paper 116 Now you see it... ...now you don't: a review of rural community organising in EnglandIn January 2014, TSRC's below the radar research project held a special conference to look at the current state of rural community organising, in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire and the Rural Services Network.In his new TSRC Working Paper, informed by the event's discussions, James Garo Derounian explores the histories, tensions and challenges of rural community development and organising.
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10/07/2014

ChangeUp ten years on – where next?

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A new blogpost from TSRC's Dr Rob Macmillan: 24th June 2014.What were you up to ten years ago? On 24th June 2004, it was cold, windy and wet over much of the country, Britney Spears was at Number 1 in the charts, and, plus ca change, later that evening the England football team would exit another international football competition.Fiona Mactaggart, meanwhile, then in the Home Office as the Minister for the Voluntary and Community Sector, was out and about visiting voluntary organisations in Gloucester. She was there to launch ChangeUp, the government's ten year framework for capacity building and infrastructure..."
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24/06/2014

Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment

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TSRC Working Paper 124 Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment' by Fergus Lyon and Rob Baldock.There is a growing interest in social investment and the provision of loan finance to social enterprises. While there has been much discussion on the supply of finance, research on the demand has been lacking. This paper shows that 15 percent of social enterprises are seeking loan finance, with most of these borrowing from high street banks. Only one in five borrowers or 3.6 percent of all social enterprises are approaching social investors (those lenders that have a social mission), Social enterprises without assets that they can use as collateral are shown to be able to seek finance...
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09/06/2014

From outcomes-based commissioning to social value? Implications for performance managing the third sector

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TSRC Working Paper 123 'From outcomes-based commissioning to social value? Implications for performance managing the third sector', by Jenny Harlock.Drawing on interviews with adult social care commissioners in six local authorities in England, this paper examines how social value – as a key dimension to outcomes-based commissioning – is being assessed and applied in commissioning processes with the third sector, and examines the nature of the evidence required by commissioners from TSOs to demonstrate their effectiveness...
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06/06/2014

Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector

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TSRC Working Paper 122 'Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector' by James Rees, Robin Miller and Heather Buckingham.This working paper provides an initial report on research that sets out to discover the realities of commissioning from the perspective of the public sector bodies responsible for its implementation and the third sector organisations who choose to engage with commissioners as part of achieving their missions. Based on a case study service field (mental health) and geographical locality (an urban conurbation in the UK), a survey and series of semi-structured interviews were undertaken with key stakeholders from the public and third sectors to understand the practices of commissioning. Due to the key focus (and often concerns) of third sector organisations on procurement this was explored in particular...
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04/06/2014

The voluntary sector in the national accounts

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A new blogpost from TSRC director John Mohan and David Kane, senior research officer at NCVO: "TSRC's work with NCVO has recently been having an impact in what you might think an unlikely place – assessing the contribution of the voluntary sector to the country's economy. At the moment coverage of the voluntary sector in the national accounts is poor. We know this because that's what Eurostat (the European body that oversees how national accounts are put together) told the Office for National Statistics (ONS)..."
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02/06/2014

Reviewing the literature on pay and non-standard employment taking a cross sector perspective

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What do we know about 'bad' or 'poor' quality jobs in the third sector, and how the third sector compares itself to the public and private sectors? …and what do we know about trends in job quality across the different sectors?
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29/05/2014

TSRC2

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John Mohan pays a warm tribute to Pete Alcock's leadership as Director in the first five years of the Centre, and outlines the road ahead for "TSRC2"...
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28/03/2014

Third Sector Research Centre – 2008-2013 Report

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This final report summarises TSRC's research activities and the impact they have made from 2008 to 2013.With the backing and support of the Economic Social Research Council, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, and the Office for Civil Society we have made significant progress in developing a robust and independent research resource for those working in, for and with the third sector.Click the headline to read more and download the full report...
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25/02/2014

Making Europe's third sector visible

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TSRC joins a team of 25 researchers from 10 European universities, and over 100 stakeholders, in the Third Sector Impact (TSI) project launched in Bologna 20-22 January 2014.
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22/02/2014
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