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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

Clore Social Fellows

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The Clore Social Leadership Programme is recruiting for its sixth cohort of aspiring social leaders. The Programme develops people working in charities, social enterprises, housing associations and social businesses so they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them.
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19/02/2014

Knowledge Portal talking heads

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The Portal provides an easy-to-use online directory of thousands of works of third sector research. This new short video gives more information on the Portal, with contributions from its users, and from the TSRC team. The Portal can be accessed from the TSRC homepage or directly at knowledgeportal.org.uk.
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19/02/2014

Older people's prevention services

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New independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research's School for Social Care Research (SSCR) confirms the significance of the role third sector organisations (TSOs) have historically played in the delivery of adult social care, and that TSOs remain a popular choice with local authority commissioners as providers of preventative services. While the research finds positive aspects within the current arrangements, it also identifies gaps in setting and understanding outcomes.
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23/01/2014

Guardian article: Why are charitable resources not targeted where most needed?

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Why are charitable resources not targeted where they are most needed?A Centre for Social Justice study shows charities concentrated in prosperous areas, with 'voluntary cold spots' in deprived regions. TSRC Deputy Director John Mohan gives more detail in the Guardian...
Date:
15/01/2014
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