Measuring the Impact of Local Infrastructure Support on Small/Medium Third Sector Organisations

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: School of Social Sciences


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Description This was a small ESRC placement fellowship in which Kirsty Rowlinson from the Hampshire CVS spent a few months in the third sector research centre in 2010-11. Key findings concerned the usage of infrastructure services by local voluntary organisations with relevant findings about the differences between organisations that used such services and those that did not.
Exploitation Route We know that third sector practitioners used the findings to reflect on the services they offered and how they reached a more representative selection of third sector organisations (what tends to happen is that infrastructure bodies have relationships with larger, established charities, and not with smaller, emerging organisations
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice

Description This award was worth c. 10K at 2010 prices and funded a short-term placement, so that is the context for reporting on it some years later. We know that the findings were shared with local organisations such as councils for voluntary service. We know that they found them interesting and useful. Whether they were then in a position to use the findings is an interesting question. Many of the organisations concerned, within a year of this project being done, were facing significant funding cuts due to austerity so unlikely that they were able to progress the work much further.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Policy & public services