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Scottish Third Sector Research Forum


The Scottish Third Sector Research Forum  (TSRF) brings together third sector and public sector partners to:

  • Promote and share research about and from the third sector
  • Identify research questions and meet evidence gaps
  • Promote the use of research to improve policy and practice,

in order to increase public and third sector understanding about the third sector’s contribution to public services and to improve third sector’s understanding and use of research.

The TSRF is supported by the Scottish Government.  Steven Marwick, Director of Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) chairs the Forum and ESS provides the secretariat.

Please see the side bar for links to the TSRF's publications and evidence reviews.

Click here to view and download an infographic about the TSRF.

In May 2017 we evaluated the impact of the Forum. Read members' feedback here.

Find out what the forum is doing

TSRF Minutes of meetings:

Click here for minutes of previous meetings.

TSRF newsletters

We send quarterly electronic newsletters to keep you up to date with the Forum's news and events. 

To keep up with the Forum's news join the TSRF mailing list by please typing your email address in the box at the top of this page. 

Who is involved in the Forum?

Current Forum members include:

Scottish Government 
Voluntary Health Scotland
Volunteer Scotland
Social Enterprise Scotland
Big Lottery Fund
The Robertson Trust
Charities Regulator
Vountary Sector Studies Network
Inclusion Scotland 
CRISIS/ Centre for Homelessness Impact
Poverty Alliance
Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise
University of Stirling
University of Edinburgh
Glasgow Centre for Population Health
University of Glasgow
University of Dundee
Queen Margaret University

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