TSRC News

NHS Savile inquiry: evidence on fundraising

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John Mohan, TSRC Director, was one of a group of academics invited by History and Policy to present evidence to the Lampard Inquiry, overseeing the NHS's investigations into the activities of Jimmy Savile. John's evidence showed how and why charitable fundraising became of renewed significance to the NHS in the early 1980s, and according to the investigators it "provided invaluable insight into… the culture of the NHS" and the historical context to their inquiries.
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25/07/2014

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

Evaluations as remedies for health inequalities?

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Tackling health inequalities is a top priority for public health services in England. To what extent can evaluation frameworks help NGOs to address health inequalities caused by social exclusion? – Helen Kara and Marlin Arvidson write for Perspectives in Public Health.
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01/07/2014

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
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