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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Making a Difference: Research on the Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2011

Research on the economic and social impact of the voluntary and community sector in Derbyshire, including Social Return on Investment case studies of voluntary and community sector organisations.


NAVCA Outcomes Framework

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2010-2011

The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) is the membership organisation for local support and development organisations. This project developed an outcomes measurement framework for NAVCA.


Passion for Life Evaluation

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2010-2011

This report presents the findings of a small evaluation project principally designed to investigate the impact of the Passion for life programme on participants and volunteers. Passion for life is an innovative pilot programme aimed at empowering the Over 60's to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Jointly supported by NHS Doncaster and
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) Passion for life was launched in September 2009 and initially funded for a period of eighteen months until the 31st March 2011. The programme is delivered by volunteers with assistance from the support service provider, Age UK Doncaster (formerly Age Concern Doncaster).


Demonstrating the Value for Money of Third Sector Activity in Rotherham

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2010-2011

The research produced two depth value for money case studies that demonstrated the value for money provided by frontline voluntary sector service delivery in Rotherham.
 


Sustainability Research

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2010-2011 

Many of the Big Lottery Fund's programmes have focused on providing capital funding – that is, funding for new or refurbished buildings or to buy or improve land, among other purposes.

In most cases, this is only the first step in a wider process of improvement and benefits. The building or land offers a site for projects to run or a facility for communities to enjoy. Groups running the facility will have to find funds and resources to run those services and to maintain the building or land.


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
South Yorkshire Housing Association
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Tesco
Trussell Trust
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Yorkshire Adoption Agency
Yorkshire Rural Community Council
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