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)
Members include representatives from a variety of research-active third sector organisations, public sector organisations and academics from Scottish universities.
Evaluation Support Scotland (Secretariat)
Voluntary Health Scotland
The National Lottery Community Fund
The Robertson Trust
Vountary Sector Studies Network
Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland
The Salvesen Mindroom Centre
Children in Scotland
Coalition of Carers of Scotland
University of Aberdeen
University of Stirling
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Dundee
Queen Margaret University
Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Evidencing genuine co-production in the third sector
Evidence paper distiling what third sector research and evidence tell us about what genuine co-production looks like in the third sector
To publish or not to publish?
This infographic is a quick access to some of the challenges of publishing third sector evidence in an academic journal and gives an insight into some things you may consider
The benefits of inclusive volunteering (2015)
This evidence paper by Volunteer Scotland with the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum brings together evidence of the benefits of volunteering for people with complex needs.
Why involve the third sector in reducing re-offending (2012)
This is an evidence paper produced by the Robertson Trust for the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum. The third sector plays a key role in the delivery of criminal justice
Why involve the Third Sector in Health and Social Care delivery (2011)
An evidence paper produced by the Scottish Government with the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum. The paper explores, through a number of case studies, the contribution of the third sector
Third Sector Partnership Compass (2016)
This evidence paper by Evaluation Support Scotland and The Robertson Trust with the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum brings together evidence of what research tells us engaging in positive partnership
Be brave, ask, and keep trying – a guide to what to consider when looking for funding for third sector collaborative research
This guide is for third sector organisations (TSO) that want to obtain funding for collaborative research with academia.