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A Dynamic Civil Society? Studying the third sector in depth over time Dr. Rob Macmillan
In summary <ul><li>Two moments in civil society… </li></ul><ul><li>About the ‘Real Times’ study </li></ul><ul><li>Civil so...
Two moments in civil society… <ul><li>‘ Larch’ </li></ul><ul><li>Deprived ex-mining village – housing and community-based ...
The research basis for ‘Real Times’ <ul><li>The third sector in transition – ‘shaking-out’ and ‘shaking-up’? </li></ul><ul...
‘ Real Times’ in a nutshell… <ul><li>Overall aim </li></ul><ul><li>To establish, maintain and analyse a qualitative longit...
Four focal points Fortunes - What influences the fortunes of TSOs? - How do they judge their fortunes? Strategies - How do...
A diverse set of case studies <ul><li>A  large national charity  delivering services – anticipating a changing funding and...
Civil society in motion – what happens next? <ul><li>‘ Larch’ (then) </li></ul><ul><li>Deprived ex-mining village – housin...
The story so far <ul><li>A picture dominated by cuts for some… </li></ul><ul><li>From anticipatory anxiety (Spring 2010) t...
Cross-cutting ‘storylines’ <ul><li>‘ Who’s in charge?’ – governance and leadership </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Us’ and ‘them’ – bo...
Reflections on a dynamic civil society <ul><li>‘ Shaking up’ and ‘shaking out’ </li></ul><ul><li>What influences the ‘room...
Further information <ul><li>‘ Real Times’ is being undertaken by a team of five researchers at TSRC: </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
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  1. 1. A Dynamic Civil Society? Studying the third sector in depth over time Dr. Rob Macmillan
  2. 2. In summary <ul><li>Two moments in civil society… </li></ul><ul><li>About the ‘Real Times’ study </li></ul><ul><li>Civil society in motion - what happens next? </li></ul><ul><li>The story so far </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections on a dynamic civil society </li></ul>
  3. 3. Two moments in civil society… <ul><li>‘ Larch’ </li></ul><ul><li>Deprived ex-mining village – housing and community-based regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage Centre, Youth Club, Village Hall, successful community shop/café, new social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>An uneven landscape of participation, e.g. ‘Brown hair turning grey’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Birch’ </li></ul><ul><li>Secure local advice agency growing through local authority funding and additional contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Annual surplus to ‘weather the storm’ and for service development </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipating possible outsourcing opportunities </li></ul>
  4. 4. The research basis for ‘Real Times’ <ul><li>The third sector in transition – ‘shaking-out’ and ‘shaking-up’? </li></ul><ul><li>Context, relation and ‘room’ </li></ul><ul><li>Taking time seriously – rhythms and change in third sector life </li></ul><ul><li>Snapshots and moving pictures – the promise of seeing things differently </li></ul>
  5. 5. ‘ Real Times’ in a nutshell… <ul><li>Overall aim </li></ul><ul><li>To establish, maintain and analyse a qualitative longitudinal sample of third sector organisations, groups and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Research structure and timing </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse set of 15 core case studies plus a range of related ‘complementary’ case studies </li></ul><ul><li>April 2010 to August 2013 – now about half way through </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose and research questions </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding how third sector activity operates in practice over time </li></ul><ul><li>What happens, what matters, and understanding continuity and change </li></ul>
  6. 6. Four focal points Fortunes - What influences the fortunes of TSOs? - How do they judge their fortunes? Strategies - How do TSOs regard and negotiate the environments in which they operate? Challenges - What challenges do TSOs face? - How do they respond? Performance - How is the ‘performance’ of TSOs understood by different stakeholders? - How can we understand their achievements?
  7. 7. A diverse set of case studies <ul><li>A large national charity delivering services – anticipating a changing funding and policy environment, and preparing a cutback plan </li></ul><ul><li>A specialist mental health charity – concerned to maintain its distinctive services amidst public spending cuts, the personalisation agenda and new models of intervention </li></ul><ul><li>A new social enterprise – pursuing growth beyond its local community </li></ul><ul><li>A co-operative sports club - trying to sustain initial enthusiasm and impetus </li></ul><ul><li>A local support project for teenage mothers – surviving an internal crisis, preparing for longer term sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>A parish plan action group – seeking to implement ‘quick wins’ in the village </li></ul>
  8. 8. Civil society in motion – what happens next? <ul><li>‘ Larch’ (then) </li></ul><ul><li>Deprived ex-mining village – housing and community-based regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage Centre, Youth Club, Village Hall, successful community shop/café, new social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>An uneven landscape of participation, e.g. ‘Brown hair turning grey’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Larch’ (now-ish) </li></ul><ul><li>Unsuccessful funding bids – youth club closes </li></ul><ul><li>Utility bills and winter damage - Heritage Centre closing down </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure support </li></ul><ul><li>Shop/café and new social enterprise still developing </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Birch’ (then) </li></ul><ul><li>Secure local advice agency growing through local authority funding and additional contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Annual surplus to ‘weather the storm’ and for service development </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipating possible outsourcing opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Birch’ (now-ish) </li></ul><ul><li>LA reviews provision and cuts basic funding, pending re-commissioning </li></ul><ul><li>Birch forced to consider closing services in hiatus </li></ul><ul><li>A debate on tactical responses </li></ul><ul><li>Reprieve, redundancies and re-organising structures and services </li></ul>
  9. 9. The story so far <ul><li>A picture dominated by cuts for some… </li></ul><ul><li>From anticipatory anxiety (Spring 2010) to the experience of public spending cuts (Spring-Summer 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Restructuring, redundancies and attention to reputation and regard </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing uncertainty about the scale and scope of cuts, and new policy agendas </li></ul><ul><li>But not for all… </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations planning growth </li></ul><ul><li>Re-positioning and the development of new services </li></ul><ul><li>Relative insulation from the changing context </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cross-cutting ‘storylines’ <ul><li>‘ Who’s in charge?’ – governance and leadership </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Us’ and ‘them’ – boundaries, identities and ethos in the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring and explaining the origin and development of social ventures </li></ul><ul><li>Community buildings as contested spaces of community activity </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reflections on a dynamic civil society <ul><li>‘ Shaking up’ and ‘shaking out’ </li></ul><ul><li>What influences the ‘room’ for civil society? </li></ul><ul><li>Civil society in motion - what happens next and why? </li></ul><ul><li>“ You beat your wings all your life, but in </li></ul><ul><li>the end the wind decides where you go” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Further information <ul><li>‘ Real Times’ is being undertaken by a team of five researchers at TSRC: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rob Macmillan, Andri Soteri-Proctor, Simon Teasdale, Rebecca Taylor and Malin Arvidson </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Macmillan, R (2011) Seeing things differently? The promise of qualitative longitudinal research on the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>TSRC Working Paper 56, March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Forthcoming: First Impressions: i ntroducing the ‘Real Times’ third sector case studies </li></ul>

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