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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.