The importance of voluntary sector research

Dan Corry is Chief Executive of charity think tank and consultancy NPC, following a varied career in public policy and economics. He was a member of the ESRC’s Research Committee until September 2016.


I have recently finished a four-year stint as a member of the ESRC Research Committee. Although much of the time my skills as an economist and former policymaker were the most useful in helping the work of the committee, I was really there to try and represent the voluntary sector and see if we could get more research about the way civil society works funded, carried out and communicated. Continue reading

How research helps the voluntary sector make an even bigger difference

Nick Ockenden is head of research at the NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) which champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. Its vision is a society where we can all make a difference to the causes that we believe in.
Here, Nick writes about NCVO’s relationship with ESRC, and why research into the voluntary sector is at its most crucial point ever. 

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Things can feel pretty tough for many voluntary sector organisations. We’ve been through the fundraising crisis sparked by the tragic death of Olive Cooke, it’s as hard as it’s ever been to secure income, and the need for the sector’s services is arguably growing. At such a time research can feel a luxury when in fact it is more crucial than ever. Continue reading