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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The value of small: understanding the distinctive contribution of small and medium sized charities

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2016-2018

The project is an in-depth study of the role and value of small and medium-sized[1] charities in four case study localities, which aims to build on earlier data analysis and an evidence review commissioned by the Foundation.


An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2016-2017

The Church Urban Fund's Cash Smart Credit Savvy project seeks to improve financial capability by offering introductory training around basic budgeting skills and through utilizing existing community links and networks to encourage participation. The use of a cascading model is designed to encourage participants to share knowledge with others and spread important financial capability messages.


A service evaluation of Age UK's person centred discharge model

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2017

Age UK is seeking to evaluate its Personalised Integrated Care Programme. This is a flagship programme and is cited as one of Age UK’s key strategic ambitions. This evaluation is concerned with a particular aspect of the Personalise Integrated Care Programme, the Age UK's pathfinder programme for person centred discharge, which supports older people at risk of extended length of stay in hospital. Two approaches to delivery have been developed and the purpose of the evaluation is to test out both approaches. The focus of the evaluation will be to to understand the level to which Age UK have achieved two intended outcomes:  

  • Improved quality of life for older people
  • Improved experience of health and social care for older people and staff.

The evaluation will provide evidence on which approach to delivery results in the best outcomes for older people.  Given the current demands on the health and social care system, evidence which demonstrates whether or not integrated services (such as the Age UK pathfinder project) can reduce or delay hospital admissions and improve outcomes for clients and staff teams is of paramount importance.


State of the Voluntary, Community and Enterprise Sector in Greater Manchester

Project Director: Elizabeth Sanderson
Project Duration: 2016-2017

The main objective of the research is to provide Salford CVS and their partners with a better understanding of the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. The research will provide a comprehensive overview of the sector in Greater Manchester in 2016 which partners will be able to draw upon to help inform actions, exploit opportunities and shape relationships going forward.


An exploratory research study: Increasing the uptake of primary and community long term conditions services in Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Nottingham city

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2015-2017

The Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (NCCCG) commissioned the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), working in partnership with the Centre for Health and Social Care Research (CHSCR) at Sheffield Hallam University, to undertake an exploratory research study into the uptake of primary and community long term conditions (LTC) services in BAME communities in Nottingham City.

The research involved a review of existing literature and data, more than 60 in-depth qualitative interviews people from BAME communities with LTC and 17 stakeholder interviews with key contacts from local statutory, voluntary, community and faith groups.


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

Action Together
Age UK
Big Lottery Fund
Bolton CVS
British Red Cross
Cabinet Office
Church Urban Fund
Community Fund
CVS Rochdale
Economic and Social Research Council
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)
GMCVO
Groundwork
Groundwork UK
Heritage Lottery Fund
Home Office
Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council
Involve Yorkshire and Humber
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
Macc
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
NHS Nottingham City CCG
Northern Rock Foundation
Rural Action Derbyshire
Salford CVS
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Tesco
Trussell Trust
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Yorkshire Adoption Agency
Yorkshire Rural Community Council
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