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Third Sector Research Forum events

A key TSRF aim is to maximise the impact of third sector research and evidence through knowledge exchange and networking.  The forum hosts regular events and conferences that bring together third sector practitioners and academic researchers to share knowledge and explore research collaboration.

Conference October 9th 2019

We're excited to announce that the next TSRF conference 'Collaborating for Impact' will be taking place on Wednesday October 9th 2019 at COSLA conference centre, Haymarket, Edinburgh.

Impact is the theme of the conference and we'll be exploring this in relation to third sector and academic research collaboration.

The conference is free to attend and we'll have a good balance of participation from the third sector, academic researchers, policy makers and those from other organisations that use evidence from third sector research.

Book your free place here.

Call for contributions is open! 

Deadline for proposals: 10am Monday July 1st

We aim to create a diverse programme for the day that will give participants space to engage with the theme of impact in range of different ways.  We are keen to hear about the impact your third sector & academic collaborative research has had on people, policies or practice. 

Why give an input at the conference?

  • Your research will reach a broad audience of third sector, academic researchers, policy makers and other people who use third sector research evidence in their work.
  • There’ll be opportunities to connect with people you might not usually cross paths with during your day to day work – you might meet your next research collaborator here!
  • It’s a supportive environment that celebrates third sector research

More details and guidance in the downloads below:

Download information and guidance for contributions

Download the contribution proposal form 

TSRF conference save the date

Past events 

Researching Together conference 2018

Let's Collaborate 2018: Researching Together                                                               

Researching Together logoFunded by the Scottish Government the 4th 'Let's collaborate' event, Researching Together, was organised by the Third Sector Research Forum and took place on Thursday 1st February 2018 in Edinburgh. The conference explored the theme of researching together and was attended by academics, third sector organisations and those  interested in third sector research. 

The programme offered a variety of interactive sessions giving participants opportunities to hear from a range of researchers talking about the benefits and challenges of collaborative research. For more details about the interactive session see session descriptions.

To get a flavour of Researching Together and to see tweets from participants read this storify presentation.

Read the Conference report 

Slides, handouts and roundtable notes from interactive sessions

Dr Jim Elder-Woodward, OBE, Chair Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living and Professor Kirstein Rummery Coproducing research with disabled people: Disability research into independent living and learning - Dr Jim Elder-Woodward OBE Chair, Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (DRILL research) and Dr Elaine Douglas -  slides here and handout here





Martin McKee, Social Lab, Gillian Kirkwood, and Lyndsey Coleman, Y-Sort it ServiceThe Research for Change programme - Martin McKee, Social Lab - slides here.






Professor Chik Collins

The University of West of Scotland-Oxfam Partnership: Reflections on some experience of collaborative research and advocacy - Professor Chik Collins, University of West Scotland - slides here.




Andrew Patterson, Scottish Community Development Centre

Research by the community: what can we learn from community-led action research? Facilitated by Andrew Patterson, Scottish Community





Let's collaborate for impact 2016 

The 3rd TSRF "Let's collaborate" event took place on 13 September 2016 in Edinburgh. It focussed on what impact means for the third and academic sectors. See the programme here.  To get a flavour of the day see the event report; our Storify, and blog.

Let's collaborate 2015

The Forum hosted its second event 'Let's collaborate' on 11 September 2015 at Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh.

The programme for the day involved short presentations, thematic roundtable discussions and three breakout sessions. To get a flavour of the day and see what participants had to say read Jane Marryat's report

"Collaborating with a university has not only allowed us access to skills and expertise, but it has provided us with in-depth analysis and valuable insight from an academic perspective which will help further our understanding and inform policy making in a practical regulatory environment." Louise Meikleham, Engagement Manager: Policy and Research, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) 


Let's collaborate 2014

The first TSRF Let's collaborate event was held on 9 October 2014 in Edinburgh,with the aim of starting to broker third sector and academia relationships. At this event participants shared successes and challenges from their experiences of research collaboration. Read the report from the event to find out what happened and what was discussed!

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