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Getting things done together

This is a summary report of year one of the Partnership Improvement Programme (PIP), a joint initiative between Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and IVAR. It is based on work in ten local authority areas of England during 2007 and 2008 which built on the 2006 pilot programme.

Bridging community divides

This study was intended to increase understanding about the difference that bridge building activities can make and what happens in local bridge building projects. It explores the challenges faced and how good experiences can be shared.

Community ownership and management of assets

This resource provides background material on community ownership of assets that complements the authors’ full evidence review on this subject, published in December 2008 by JRF.   The information was gathered by the authors in spring 2008 as part of their evidence review and has been made available to help practitioners, policy-makers and researchers who are working in this area.

Let’s get on

This case study tells the story of the decision to develop the Springfield Children’s Centre through a partnership between Birmingham City Council (BCC) and the Springfield Project, located in the Springfield area of Birmingham.

Exploring the advocacy role of community anchor organisations

This is an Executive Summary of the final report of a study carried out as a partnership between IVAR and bassac (now known as Locality), in association with Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA). The study had one principal aim: to describe, develop and implement models for community anchors to exercise and facilitate advocacy with and on behalf of other community organisations and the wider community.

Capacity building the capacity builders

This report on the Capacity Building the Capacity Builders Pilot is structured in three parts:
  • an overview of the key features of the programme;
  • a summary of the key learning that emerged from the evaluation of the programme and finally;
  • suggestions for a range of potential modifications to the design, delivery and management of future programmes.

Servants of the community or agents of government?

This is an Executive Summary of the final report of a study carried out by IVAR for bassac (now known as Locality). The study had one principal aim – to understand and explore the role of community-based organisations and their contribution to public services delivery and civil renewal.

Making it real

This is a summary report of the Partnership Improvement Programme, a collaborative initiative between the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and IVAR. Part one introduces the programme; part two covers the public policy context; parts three and four summarise the key findings from the pilot and parts five and six explore the key implications of the Partnership Improvement Programme for both policy and practice.

Faithful Regeneration

This is a study on the role and contribution of local parishes in local communities in the Diocese of Birmingham. The study was carried out by the Centre for Voluntary Action Research at Aston Business School for the Church of England Diocese of Birmingham.   The study’s aim was to develop and promote an understanding of the distinctive features and value of the contribution (for example, tackling disadvantage, supporting flourishing neighbourhoods and contributing to ‘social capital’) made by local parishes in the Diocese of Birmingham to civil renewal.

The adoption and use of quality systems in the voluntary sector

This is a final report of a Study carried out by the Centre for Voluntary Action Research at Aston Business School for the Quality Standards Task Group and Charities Evaluation Services between July 2002 and January 2004.   The study had two principal aims – to investigate the impact of commonly used quality systems, including PQASSO, Investors in People and the Excellence Model: and to produce practical tools that will help voluntary organisations to decide whether to use a system and if so which one.