The value of small: Evidencing the distinctive contribution of small and medium sized charities
Topline timings: January 2017 – December 2017
An in-depth qualitative study into the role and value of small and medium size charities in several communities across England and Wales.
The study has been commissioned by The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales (LBF), one of the most prominent independent funders of small and medium-sized charities in the UK. As part of its charitable mission Lloyds Foundation aims to actively champion the role and impact of small and medium sized charities working in this way. In support of this aim the Foundation has developed a suite of research projects to be delivered between 2015 and 2017. Key amongst these is this in-depth study of the role and value of small and medium-sized charities in a small number of case study localities, which aims to build on earlier data analysis and an evidence review commissioned by the Foundation.
The research team is led by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in partnership with the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) at the Open University and IVAR.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
Type of project
The brief – What is the purpose of the work?
To understand whether locally-based small and medium sized charities have a distinctive role in tackling disadvantage and, if so, what does this look like and have public funding approaches helped or hindered this work?
What difference will it make?
- Contribute to the evidence base on the distinctive role, or not, of small and medium sized charities
- Provide a steer to funders (public and independent) on what sort of funding models can help to sustain this value
Research design – What methods will be used?
Evidence review, secondary data analysis, workshops, interviews, documentary analysis.
What are the key stages?
- Field work will begin in April/May 2017
Start – Completion
January 2017 – December 2017
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