We have been growing our bank of research for over 18 years and in doing so have built up a strong network of relationships with voluntary organisations and funders all over the country. No project is stand-alone. We draw on existing academic material and our own research and we tap into relevant practice insights.
Unsurprisingly our work focuses around some age-old themes that are particularly pertinent to the sector like funding, community action and collaboration, and partnerships.
Our work is underpinned by action research principles
We focus a lot of our effort on understanding funding and the funding environment because how voluntary organisations are funded is critical to their well-being and impact. Voluntary organisations face multiple and complex challenges. There is now less money to cover their modest costs and an ever-growing demand for their services from individuals and families.
A lot of our work focuses on voluntary organisations and community action. First, because it is important to understand the challenges and identify ways to provide sensitive, relevant and useful support. Second, because if we support organisations to make tough choices, and become stronger and more stable, it means that we help them to provide the essential services and activities that the community needs. Thirdly, because we know at first hand the difference it makes and this is what interests us, personally.
Collaboration and partnership work is essential to most of the organisations we work with. Getting it right can lead to huge benefits, like improved services and more efficient ways of working. In this section we capture some of the success factors and challenges and bring them to life through case studies.
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