This page is about best practice related to dissemination and sharing of third sector research findings.
TSRF resources on research dissemination
TSRF ‘Collaborating for impact’ conference report
Conference report from TSRF Collaborating for impact which took place in October 2019.
Making an impact with research: a Third Sector Research Forum case study
In this case study we hear from Sam Pringle, Head of Research at Fathers Network Scotland about the different approaches they took to engage decision makers and others with the research they did in partnership with the University of Edinburgh into shared parental leave.
Evidencing genuine co-production in the third sector (2017)
Evidence paper distiling what third sector research and evidence tell us about what genuine co-production looks like in the third sector
Evidence for Success: Collaborating with academics (2016)
This guide is for anyone in the third sector who wants to link to academics to generate and/or use evidence to improve policy and practice
Evidence for Success: Collaborating with academics (2016) – Infographic
This guide is for anyone in the third sector who wants to link to academics to generate and/or use evidence to improve policy and practice. It provides practical guidance and
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
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
TSRF support guides on research dissemination
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
Top tips to communicate research effectively (infographic) 2016
This infographic was produced by the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum (TSRF) to help third sector organisations communicate their research effectively. It contains guidance, tips and good practice examples.
Using third sector research to influence policy and practice – TSRF conference 2021
You can view Dr Sarah Weakley (Policy Scotland, UofG) and Nick Bibby and Dr Mariola Tarrega (SPRE)’s slides on “Getting research heard and used: understanding and achieving policy influence”.
Read a list of resources on policy impact.
Other useful resources
The ALLIANCE’s Community in Action project has published analysis of third sector organisations’ initial response to COVID-19.
Voluntary Sector Studies Network are collating research projects which focus on the Voluntary and Community sector and volunteering in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. View here.
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published findings of research into the impact of the COVID-19 on Scotland’s charities.
Carnegie UK Trust‘s report on “How Can Academics And The Third Sector Work Together To Influence Policy And Practice” argues that to make an impact on social policy universities must work more closely with civil society.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.