Supporting collaboration between the third and public sectors: evidence review

Findings of research conducted by Scottish Government researchers to better understand current barriers to effective collaboration between third sector organisations and the public sector.


A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Programme for Government 2021-22 (2021),

A Shared Interest. The relationships between policymakers and charities by Pro Bono Economics (2022),

Better Relationships, Better Outcomes: Third Sector Review and Recommendations by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (2021),

Beyond the COVID Crisis – Lessons from Lockdown by Glasgow TSI Network (2020),

Christie Commission on the future delivery of public services (2011),

Christie's clarion call can't wait another decade by Audit Scotland (2021),

Community empowerment: COVID-19 update by Audit Scotland (2021),

Community health and wellbeing. Sustaining and strengthening the role of community organisations beyond the initial COVID-19 response (2021),

COSLA's Response to 'If not now, when? - Social Renewal Advisory Board report' (2021),

COVID-19 and Communities Listening Project: A Shared Response by Carnegie UK Trust (2020),

Economic Recovery Implementation Plan: Scottish Government response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery (2020),

Engaging with our communities to support recovery and renewal by National Standards for Community Engagement (2020),

If not now, when? - Social Renewal Advisory Board report (2021),

If not now, when? - Social Renewal Advisory Board report supporting documents (2021),

Key messages about public service reform in Scotland by What Works Scotland (2019),

Lessons learned by Scottish Community Alliance (2020),

Local People Leading. A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector by Scottish Community Alliance (2016),

Looking Ahead To The Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2020-21: Valuing The Third Sector (2019),

Overview of Advisory Group on Economic Recovery (2020),

Pooling Together: How Community Hubs have responded to the COVID-19 Emergency by Carnegie UK Trust (2020),

Principles for Positive Partnership by Evaluation Support Scotland (2020),

Rapid Evaluation of the Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund by Foundation Scotland (2020),

Reflections on the What Works Scotland initiative (2019),

Rethinking Scotland: Action required to include more voices in policy-making in Scotland by Carnegie UK Trust (2021),

Seizing the Opportunity: The case for embracing civil society's role in democracy by Civil Society Alliance (2021),

Small Grants Fund: review (2021),

Social Care Briefing by Audit Scotland (2022),

Social Renewal Advisory Board: our response (2021),

Together We Help – Social Action During the Coronavirus pandemic by Carnegie UK Trust (2021),

Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland: Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery (2020),

TSI COVID-19 Learning Project. A focus on the roles played by Third Sector Interfaces during COVID-19 by TSI Scotland Network (2021),

Wellbeing Fund - open application process: evaluation (2021),

How to access background or source data

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