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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Groundwork Quality Assessment and Impact Evaluation Framework

Project Director: Dr Tony Gore
Project Duration: 2011-2012

This project involves providing assistance to the Groundwork federation in its efforts to improve its impact evaluation processes and methods. The work includes the development of a quality assurance and impact evaluation framework which builds on existing processes and procedures, plus support in piloting it in selected Trusts. The framework incorporates qualitative (attitudinal and perceptual) elements that can underpin a wider ‘social return on investment’ approach, as well as quantitative valuation of net outputs as a means of assessing added value and cost effectiveness.


Measuring Out Impact

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This project developed an evaluation framework for the Online Centres Foundation which it could implement through its funded projects. The project developed a range of outcome measures.


Greater Manchester State of the Sector Surveys

Project Director: Ian Wilson
Project Duration: 2012-2013

There are two main parts to the study, firstly to provide the partners with methodological advice and guidance in the design and implementation of a 'State of Sector' survey within Greater Manchester. Then the CRESR team will use the survey results to provide intelligent information about the voluntary and community sector within Greater Manchester and its constituent local authorities.
 


Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit Evaluation

Project Director: Elaine Batty
Project Duration: 2008-2012

Long term evaluation of the work programme of NAVCA's Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit (LCPU), which provides support and guidance to its member local third sector infrastructure organisations on commissioning and procurement. 


Understanding Local Giving

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2012

This project explored the potential for local giving. It reviewed trends in giving and drew on examples of giving practice to provide recommendations to NAVCA’s members.


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
Community Links
CVS Rochdale
Economic and Social Research Council
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)
GMCVO
Groundwork
Groundwork UK
Health Action Local Engagement
Healthwatch Lambeth
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
Local Trust
Macc
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
NHS Nottingham City CCG
Northern Rock Foundation
Power to Change
Rotherham Hospital Aftercare Service
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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