VCS Research

The following links are to portals and sites that contain research information for and about the VCS. You can also find some local research in our document library.

Third Sector Knowledge Portal

The Portal is an easy-to-use online library of third sector research, evidence, and analysis, selected by TSRC from a wide range of quality approved sources. 

It has been developed by TSRC in partnership with the British Library and the Big Lottery Fund, and brings together over 6500 works such as: impact reports from third sector organisations; academic research projects; government studies; and more, in one collection of downloads, links and summaries.

There is no need to register, and most content is free to access (free summaries are given for academic journal articles that require paid subscriptions).

Community Life Survey

The Community Life Survey is held annually to track trends and developments in areas that encourage social action and empower communities.

The Cabinet Office commissioned the first Community Life Survey in 2012 to look at the latest trends in areas such as volunteering, charitable giving, local action and networks and well-being. The aim of the survey is to provide cost-effective data of value to government, external stakeholders and citizens

Find out all the information here