Events and conferences

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.

Past events

TSRF conference 2022 – Talking ethics

Talking ethics – TSRF conference 2022

Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum 2022 conference took place on Tuesday 8th February 2022 on Zoom.  The conference ‘Talking ethics’ provided an opportunity to hear how researchers working in and with the Third Sector have navigated some tricky ethical dilemmas, as well as offering an opportunity for participants to talk about their ethical issues and learn from each others’ experiences.

Demystifying research ethics for third sector organisations

This event provided an introduction to the Third Sector Research Forum’s Guide to Applying Ethical Research Principles. Researchers from Poverty Alliance shared how they have applied the ethics guide in their own work, and researchers from YouthLink Scotland and the Scottish Government discussed how they have built upon the guide to develop an ethics policy for YouthLink Scotland together.

Using third sector research to influence policy and practice

Policy Scotland and Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum hosted this virtual seminar on 1st June 2021. Speakers from The ALLIANCE and Royal Town Planning Institute talked about the challenges to getting their research-informed voices heard.


Researching well – Good practice and ethics in third sector research 2021 online conference

The 6th TSRF conference took place on Wednesday 17th February 2021, 9.30am – 2.30pm via Zoom. The conference was all about ethics and good practice in third sector research.

Innovating in the third sector – online research and services in 2020

This online event took place on 20th January 2021. Researchers from third sector organisations shared their learning from the new context of working in 2020.

Priorities for the ‘New Normal’

Lessons learned from Academic and Third Sector Lockdown Research event which took place on 12th August 2020. Presenters discussed the ways in which COVID-10 has exacerbated previous challenges and created new ones.

Collaborating for impact 2019 conference

The fifth TSRF conference took place on Wednesday 9th October 2019 at COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh.

Let’s Collaborate 2018      

Funded by the Scottish Government Third Sector Research Forum 4th ‘Let’s collaborate’ event, Researching Together, took place on 1 February 2018 . 

The programme offered a variety of sessions about the benefits and challenges of collaborative research. For more details about the interactive session see session descriptions.

Read the Conference report 

Slides, handouts and roundtable notes from interactive sessions

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

The Research for Change programme – Martin McKee, Social Lab – slides here.

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.

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

Let’s Collaborate 2016

See the programme here.  To get a flavour of the day see the event report, and blog.

Let’s Collaborate 2015

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.

Let’s Collaborate 2014

Read the report from the event to find out what happened and what was discussed!