Research outputs

Research outputs

The following provide a few examples of work by the Voluntary Action Research Group, especially projects involving collaboration between members of the group.


Bennett, E., Coule, T., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Dean, J., & Macmillan, R. (2019). Civil society strategy: A policy review. Voluntary sector review, 10 (2), 213-223.

Dayson, C., Fraser, A., & Lowe, T. (2019). A comparative analysis of Social Impact Bond and conventional financing approaches to health service commissioning in England: the case of social prescribing. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Wells, P. (2018). Evidence based policy making in an age of austerity. People, place and policy online, 11 (3), 175-183.

Dayson, C., Baker, L., Rees, J., Batty, E., Bennett, E., Damm, C., ... Terry, V. (2018). The value of small: in-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in England and Wales. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Macmillan, R., Paine, A.E., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Third sector capacity building: the institutional embeddedness of supply. Voluntary Sector Review, 8 (2), 149-168.

Dean, J., & Wood, R. (2017). ‘You can try to press different emotional buttons’: The conflicts and strategies of eliciting emotions for fundraisers. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 22 (4), e1603.

Dayson, C. (2017). Social prescribing ‘plus’: a model of asset-based collaborative innovation? People, Place and Policy, 11 (2), 90-104.

Dayson, C. (2017). Evaluating social innovations and their contribution to social value: the benefits of a 'blended value' approach. Policy and Politics, 45 (3), 395-411.

Cornforth, C., & Macmillan, R. (2016). Evolution in Board Chair-CEO relationships: A negotiated order perspective. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (5), 949-970.

Coule, T. and Bennett, E. (2016). Rhetoric, organizational category dynamics and institutional change: a study of the UK Welfare State. Public Administration, 94 (4), 1059-1076.

Taylor, R., Rees, J., & Damm, C. (2016). UK employment services: understanding provider strategies in a dynamic strategic action field. Policy and Politics, 44 (2), 253-267.

Beach, Y., & Coule, T. (2016). Socio-political dynamics in the pre-initiation phase of organisational change projects: approaching projects as a contested and negotiated space. Procedia Computer Science, 100, 298-304.

Dean, J. (2016). Recruiting young volunteers in an area of selective education: a qualitative case study. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37 (4), 643-661.

Coule, T. M. (2015). Nonprofit governance and accountability: broadening the theoretical perspective. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44 (1), 75-97.

Macmillan, R., & Walton, C. (2015). What’s the problem? The role of diagnosis in building the capacity of voluntary and community organisations. Voluntary Sector Review, 6 (3), 325-332.

Dean, J. (2015). Volunteering, the market, and neoliberalism. People, place and policy online, 9 (2), 139-148.

Macmillan, R., & Livingstone, I. (2015). More than a provider: the voluntary sector and market diversity in criminal justice. Voluntary Sector Review, 6 (2), 221-230.

Dean, J. (2015). Class diversity and youth volunteering in the UK : applying Bourdieu's habitus and cultural capital. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (1), 95S-113S.

Damm, C. (2014). A mid-term review of third sector involvement in the Work Programme. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (1), 97-116.

Wells, P. (2013). When the Third Sector went to Market: the problematic use of market failure to justify social investment policy. Voluntary Sector Review, 4 (1), 77-94.

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