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Third Sector Magazine: 'all change on the research front'
Third Sector Magazine has published an article setting out reactions to the rejection of TSRC's bid for continued 'Centres and Large Grants' funding from ESRC (the Economic and Social Research Council).Managing editor Andy Hillier reports that TSRC had "made a good start in a programme for which the ESCR had chosen it only six years before and established several key projects. But now it has had to reduce its staff from 20 to five and prune its planned work, and faces an uncertain future. ... An ESRC spokeswoman said the competition for its Centres and Large Grants programme had been intense: there were 99 applications, of which only four were successful..."
Community development standards workshop
The workshop at TSRC Birmingham on 12 September 2014 will explore:• key issues facing communities and community development practitioners• the purpose, values, roles described in the current CDNOS and suggest what needs to change, go or be added• how we can make the revised CDNOS both stronger and more accessible
NHS Savile inquiry: evidence on fundraising
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.
Rural Community Organising: 'Now you see it...'
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.
Evaluations as remedies for health inequalities?
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.
ChangeUp ten years on – where next?
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..."
Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment
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...
From outcomes-based commissioning to social value? Implications for performance managing the third sector
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...
Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector
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...
The voluntary sector in the national accounts
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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