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Sector Development

& Research

Updated 25/11/13

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The Labour government's ChangeUp strategy, a 'capacity building and infrastructure framework for the voluntary and community sector', was published in June 04. It only applied to England, focused on 5 key areas: Performance improvement, Workforce development, ICT, Governance, Financing voluntary and community sector activity. It isn't of great relevance since May 2010. Some information may still be on the Cabinet Office pages (Office of Civil Society).

NCVO has a Voluntary Sector Infrastructure section on its web site.

RSA Project 2001 This ran pilot projects in Yorkshire and London, supporting voluntary organisations "in providing a quality learning experience for volunteers, committee members and staff". The resulting report Making it Work - Learning and Accreditation in the Voluntary Sector, (Mar 01) costs 5 inc p&p from 020 7451 6833.

Research Bodies

International (mainly US)

Research Projects and Reports

Charity Law and Policy Unit, University of Liverpool. Some publications:

Joseph Rowntree Foundation carries out some research of relevance. Published 12/3/01: 'The role and future development of black and minority ethnic organisations'. This mapping exercise looks at the role of black and minority ethnic-led voluntary and community organisations in England and Wales.

Public Management Foundation Wasted Values: harnessing the commitment of public managers (Nov 99), available from their online bookstore. A report on research into the goals and motivations of senior public managers. It concludes that public sector managers and their private sector counterparts are motivated by very different things. In June 99, the Foundation undertook a nationwide survey of 400 of the UK’s top public, private and voluntary sector managers. Asked about their goals and about what motivates them to do their job well, managers in the three different sectors gave some revealingly different replies. Voluntary sector managers show a mixture of public and private sector views. See our News Review.

Also see Training - professional development as most of the higher education establishments listed run research programmes to some extent.