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Valuing the VCSE Sector in East Sussex

Valuing the VCSE Sector in East Sussex

In partnership with: East Sussex County Council

Topline timings: May 2020- Jan 2021


East Sussex County Council has commissioned IVAR to carry out research on the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector’s social, economic and environmental value and impact across East Sussex. The research will build on prior work carried out by ESCC and partners in 2011, which has since been used to inform policy, partnership working and service development. The research will also capture the effects COVID-19 is having on the sector, drawing on insights generated from IVAR’s COVID-19 support work for voluntary sector leaders and their funders.


The aim of the work will be to:


  1. Identify and present the scale, scope, impact and positive contribution – economic, social and environmental – the VCSE sector has on the lives of people and communities across the county every day;


  2. Gather views from the VCSE organisations on how they see the sector’s future and what needs to change, in the context of collaboration, service/activity delivery, funding, and governance; and the COVID-19 crisis.


  3. Enable the VCSE sector within East Sussex to clearly articulate key information on the present state and future aspirations of the local VCSE to funders, private and public sector leaders, and government departments.


  4. Present information in a way that makes sense at the county level, District and Borough level.


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