CRESR

Voluntary and community sector

CRESR has expertise and a long standing interest in the study of the voluntary and community sector. We undertake research both for and about the sector.

Our work focuses on:

  • measuring and mapping the voluntary and community sector
  • measuring outcomes and impact, including of social return on investment
  • approaches to social investment and funding
  • understanding sustainability, resilience and financial vulnerability
  • engagement and participation of communities

We also undertake research on specific social, economic and policy issues for clients. For example, we carried out research on hidden homelessness for the housing charity Crisis and have looked at the role of community businesses for rural community councils.

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Talent Match Evaluation and Learning Contract

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2013-2019

Talent Match is a Big Lottery Funding initiative of up to £100 million. It is investing resources in a number of areas in England where youth unemployment is a significant issue. BIG will invest for a period of up to five years to improve the lives of people aged 18-24 who have been out of education, employment or training for 12 months or more. The aims of the evaluation and learning contract are: to track the success of the programme and projects within it; to identify what works well, for whom and in what circumstances; and to share learning and improve practice.


Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2013-2014

Evaluation of the social and economic costs and benefits of Voluntary Action Rotherham’s Social Prescribing Pilot being delivered on behalf NHS Rotherham CCG.


Evaluation of the Sheffield Community Network

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Impact evaluation of the Sheffield Community Network which aims to promote digital inclusion and social enterprises within disadvantaged areas in Sheffield.


Impact evaluation of the Volunteer for Stronger Communities project

Project Director: Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This project will evaluate the impact of 15 projects to promote volunteering that have been funded through the Volunteering for Stronger Communities programme. The Programme aims to  use volunteering to improve employability and strengthen in the context of economic uncertainty.


Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) Warm Homes Evaluation

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: April 2013 to October 2013

FILT is a charity set up to help the clients of home improvement agencies (HIAs). Funding for the Warm Homes Service(WHS) is from Department of Health over winter 2012/13. The WHS aimed to assist older and vulnerable people at risk from cold weather and prevent cold related harm and illness.

The evaluation will i) identify the impacts on health and wellbeing of households in receipt of WHS as seen from the perspective of HIAs and households in terms of physical health, comfort and mental health and wellbeing and ii) understand which interventions have worked well for whom and why.


Get in touch

For further information please contact Sarah Pearson at s.pearson@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4902,
or Professor Peter Wells at p.wells@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 6262.

Key clients

Big Lottery Fund
Cabinet Office
Community Fund
Economic and Social Research Council
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)
Groundwork
Home Office
Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council
Involve Yorkshire and Humber
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Rural Action Derbyshire
Salford CVS
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Yorkshire Rural Community Council
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