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Third Sector Research, Evidence & Statistics

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum

The Scottish Third Sector Research Forum collaborates and shares ideas on the research and evidence needs for the third sector. Members include representatives of a range of third sector intermediaries bodies, in particular the strategic partners of the Third Sector Division. The remit and minutes of Forum meetings are available here and provide more detailed information on the activities of the Forum.

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 1 2008-9

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 2 2008-9

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 3 2008-9

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 1 2009-10

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 2 2009-10

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 3 2009-10

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 1 2010-11

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 2 2010-11

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 3 2010-11

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 1 2011-12

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 2 2011-12

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - meeting 3 1011-12

The remit of the Scottish Third Sector research Forum 2009-10

 

Evidence Papers

  • 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 services that reduce reoffending.  However, there is still a lack of understanding about what the third sector does and why it is particularly effective in this area.   This paper, written by The Robertson Trust for the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum, aims to unearth and critically examine the available evidence and uses case study examples to demonstrate the criteria that account for the third sector’s effectiveness.

 

The Third Sector Interactive Evidence Library

The Interactive Evidence Library is a new and free-to-use information resource for the Third Sector in Scotland. It contains around 700 links to published research about the Third Sector and is being regularly updated. Each piece of published research has its own searchable page, with a short summary, information on the authors, and a clickable link to the publication itself. Users can easily search by subject and store reports they find useful in their own 'document briefcase' for future reference. They can also make comments about individual research publications, exchange ideas with other users, and put forward research they've found useful for inclusion in the Library. This resource has been developed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and is funded by the Scottish Government.

Local Authority Service Commissioning & Procurement Staff Survey - April 2009

The survey was designed to find out more about the views, attitudes and experiences of commissioning and procurement staff (in Scotland's local authorities) in relation to Scotland's enterprising third sector.

 

Total Employment in the Third Sector

Information on employment in the third sector is collected in the Annual Population Survey (APS).  The information can accessed using the links below:key results from the latest survey show that:

Third Sector Employment Statistics Chart

Third Sector Employment Statictics - Tables

 

Avante Report on VSGWWL

Click on this link to see the Avante Report on the Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian