Welcome to Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum webpages. Evaluation Support Scotland convenes and holds the secretariat of the Forum with support from the Scottish Government Third Sector Unit.

What the Forum does

Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum brings together third sector, academic and public sector partners to

  • promote and share research about and from the third sector
  • encourage the use of third sector research to improve policy and practice
  • produce resources and deliver events to support third sector researchers and encourage collaboration with academic partners.


Planning and meeting

The Third Sector Research Forum meets regularly and produce annual work plans.


Evidence papers and resources

Evidence papers and other resources that the Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum produces.


Events and conferences

Events and conferences that bring together third sector practitioners and academic researchers to share knowledge and collaborate.


For academics: why collaborate with third sector?

Collaborating with third sector partners may be significant to evidencing your impact for the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

TSRF members

Members include representatives from a variety of research-active third sector organisations, public sector organisations and academics from Scottish universities. 

Evaluation Support Scotland (Secretariat)

Scottish Government 



Voluntary Health Scotland

Volunteer Scotland

Corra Foundation


The National Lottery Community Fund


The Robertson Trust


Vountary Sector Studies Network

Inclusion Scotland 

Poverty Alliance

Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland

The Salvesen Mindroom Centre

Waverley Care

Policy Scotland

Children in Scotland

Coalition of Carers of Scotland

YouthLink Scotland

University of Aberdeen

University of Stirling

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Dundee

Queen Margaret University 

Glasgow Centre for Population Health