Influencing change

These resources relate to the role of third sector research in influencing change.

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 about influencing change and collaboration

Binks Hub and Citadel Youth Centre collaborate on youth-led research, intergenerational work, connecting academia with communities and how to involve youth people in research. Read more here.

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.

Voluntary Health Scotland published “Broader Reach and Stronger Voice: Reflecting on the inclusivity of the COVID-19 vaccine programme and collaboration with the third sector” after conducting a qualitative study with both their member organisations and a wider network.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Other useful resources about influencing change and the cost of living

A Crisis on our Doorstep – Barnardo’s UK

Exposes the severe impact of the cost-of-living crisis on children, young people and families across the UK. View here.

Disabled People, Unpaid Carers and the Cost-of-Living Crisis: Impacts, Responses, and Long Term Solutions – The Alliance

Calls for final support. View here.

“It’s Hard Work Being Poor” – Scottish Women’s Budget Group

Women’s experiences of the cost-of-living crisis in Scotland. View here.

Living without a lifeline – One Parent Families Scotland

Feedback from 260 single parents highlights their experiences and priorities. View here.

Members Meet Up: What Price Health? The Cost-of-Living Crisis, Health and the Third Sector – Voluntary Health Scotland

Members discussed how the cost-of-living crisis was impacting their organisations and the people they support. View here.

Public Dept and Arrears in Scotland – The Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust has published new research showing that many low-income families are being pushed into debt and arrears by the public bodies meant to be helping them through the cost-of-living emergency. View here.

Research lessons from cost of living study – Volunteer Scotland

Testing our resilience” was a paper investigating the impact of the cost of living crisis on volunteering and volunteers. View here.

Researching rising costs using a longitudinal panel study – SCVO

The Scottish Third Sector Tracker (Tracker) is a community of third sector organisations. The community was established in response to the pandemic as third sector support organisations, including SCVO, Scottish Government and funders, sought to understand the challenges facing third sector organisations and how best to support them. View here.

Cost of Living, 2022 – Social Enterprise Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland hosted a session for all social enterprises who are concerned about inflation and the significant and spiralling increases in the cost of living. View here.

Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on income: labour market changes and policy solutions – The Fraser of Allander Institute

An accurate picture of the distribution of household incomes post-pandemic is needed in order to examine the impact of the pandemic on household incomes and to assess the effectiveness of policy to tackle these issues. View here.

Keeping the Doors Open – Age Scotland

What do older people’s community groups need to recover from the impact of Covid-19? View here.

Other useful resources about influencing change and dissemination

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.

Other useful resources about influencing change and public involvement

Community Engagement: An Exploration

This introductory course explores some of the many “what?”, “why?” and “how?” considerations for community engagements. View here.

Participation through the Pandemic: Peer Research Impact Report – Children in Scotland

The Children in Scotland impact report reveals the benefits of peer research in participation projects. View here.