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.
Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2014-2020
Evaluation of the HLF’s grant-making activities aimed at supporting activities by community groups and heritage-based organisations focused on the commemoration of the First World War Centenary.
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.
Project Directors: Dr Rob Macmillan (TSRC) / Professor Peter Wells (CRESR)
Project Duration: 2014
The Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy (BC) initiative is a significant and innovative step-change in the way in which support for front line voluntary organisations (FLOs) is organised. It suggests the move away from a supply-side focus which tends to privilege the work of existing voluntary sector infrastructure organisations, towards a ‘demand-led’ emphasis which brings the priorities of front line organisations to the fore. The underlying principle is that providing greater choice and control for FLOs over access to support will lead to more effective interventions to develop their skills and confidence and, ultimately, to improved outcomes for beneficiaries.
Project Director: Dr Tony Gore
Project Duration: 2014
A study exploring current characteristics and conditions in former coalfield areas of Britain in comparison with regional and national benchmarks. It involved assembly and analysis of a range of quantitative indicators on issues such as demography, employment, unemployment, health, housing, education and deprivation on the one hand; and a qualitative survey of community and voluntary sector scope and activity, with particular reference to available sources and changing scale of funding on the other. The analysis found that better connected areas have undergone substantial regeneration and diversification, whereas more peripheral coalfields continue to experience serious economic and social dislocation.
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.