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. 

Latest research 

Big Local: Beyond the Early Years: new report and films

Over the past two years the Third Sector Research Centre has been evaluating Big Local: a resident led change initiative in 150 communities in England, managed by Local Trust and funded through the Big Lottery. This is a unique longitudinal evaluation in that it is tracking change in 15 communities over a decade using film, audio and other media as well as more traditional research methods. 

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.















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Residents leading positive change in their communities share success at the Our Bigger Story Film Festival

Community action and social media: trouble in Utopia?

This report explores the use, and non-use, of social media by community groups and activists?

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