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Third Sector Research Centre

  1. 1. ALISS Conference 3rd August 2010 Research into Reality:Knowledge Exchange with the third sector Razia Shariff, Head, Knowledge Exchange Team THIRD SECTOR RESEARCH CENTRE
  2. 2. OutlineOverview of TSRCKnowledge Exchange model at TSRCKET roleKnowledge Exchange Impact MatrixVirtual WorldCollaboration with British Library on new data source
  3. 3. Third Sector Research CentreUniversity of BirminghamCentre, Pete Alcock, DirectorUniversity of SouthamptonJohn Mohan, Deputy DirectorFunded for 5 years from 2008 by the Office of CivilSociety, ESRC and Barrow Cadbury Trust
  4. 4. Research ProgrammesEvidence baseTheoretical and policy contextMapping and measuringImpact
  5. 5. Evidence BaseEarly priority Existing research Databases International and comparative sources Social enterprise cross cutting stream
  6. 6. Theory and PolicyTheoretical and conceptual analysis Third Sector? Civil Society Social enterprise?Policy context Policy agenda Practice impact
  7. 7. Mapping and MeasuringQuantitative database (Southampton) Guidestar ONSQualitative database (Birmingham) In depth sample (Real Times)Longitudinal analysis
  8. 8. ImpactService delivery Economic and social ‘value’ Procurement and commissioning Organisational experienceEngagement ‘Below the radar’ Community empowerment
  9. 9. Social Enterprise StreamDefinition and delineationMeasuring social enterprisesSocial enterprise and service deliverySocial enterprise and community cohesion
  10. 10. Long Term GoalsRobust databases for the sectorLongitudinal analysis of trendsAnalysis of impact and engagementEnhanced capacity for researchSustainability – A permanent UK research centre
  11. 11. Creating ImpactAim: to make a difference in policy, practice & academia• Academic Knowledge developed• Practitioner Community able to access & use research knowledge to enhance their work• Economic and social impact of sector evidenced and strengthened• Policy, funding and decision making informed through an accessible evidence base
  12. 12. 7. Identify 1. Review of new areas of Literature research Third Sector Stakeholders Non Academic academic Researchers researchers Advisory Board 2. Identify 6. Promote Researchand publicise Streams Media and Local and Publicists TSRC national policy makers Reference Groups Funders & Commissioners Practitioners Decision makers and policy 3. Establish 5. Knowledge implementers engagement exchange & mechanisms feedback 4. Ensure ongoing participation
  13. 13. KET Role• Two member team started in May 2009 based in London and linked to NCVO Research Team• Developing Knowledge Exchange Communications and Impact Strategy and implement• Creating publications and website• Attending Conferences and events• Exploring joint stakeholder seminars and workshops with other key partners and ESRC Research Centres
  14. 14. THE ROLE OF THE KNOWLEDGE BROKER“Move knowledge and ideas from a knowledgesource to potential users” UK Research Council“ Exchange, synthesis and ethically soundapplication of knowledge, within a complex systemof interactions among researchers and users”Canadian Institute of Health Research 2000Producer push, User pull or exchangeFacilitating information management, linkage andexchange agent or capacity building
  15. 15. Communication StrategyTo bridge gaps and build understanding between research,decision making, policy making and practiceTo ensure that the experience and knowledge of policy anddecision makers, practitioners and funders informs our researchTo make knowledge available in meaningful and accessible waysso that it can be used by policy and decision makers,practitioners and fundersTo ensure we reach those isolated from existing research
  16. 16. Tools & Methods• Website and links to other websites• Publicity Materials and ebullitions• Published materials• Building contacts and expanding reach• Media and press work• Events and workshops• Monitoring, evaluation and refine approach to ensure cover the diversity and depth of the sector
  17. 17. Publications and presentations34 Working Papers and Briefing Papers500 copies of each of the first 15 papers disseminated75 Research presentations to nearly 5000 stakeholders13 stands at national events with 300 – 600 delegates35 targeted events attended as participants8 targeted meeting and seminar stands
  18. 18. Co-hosting events based on Capacity Building Facilitating workshops research streams in Clusters (CBC) on research areas partnership with partner organisations Website, discussion Policy Impact events on board, blogs symposium research papers etc Research with media, Articles in presentations at policy and Academic events practice Advisory Board and Journals Reference Groups More Fewer stakeholdersstakeholders impacted impacted News articles in specialist Attending and general media TV/Radio targeted events interview Stands at VCS Stands at meetings and Conferences seminars Media advertising Sharing information on Inserts/publicit sector debates and y in delegate reports packs Dissemination of research knowledge
  19. 19. Virtual WorldWebsite hits within 6 months – 1000 a month, 9 months, now upto 2666 a monthBi monthly e-newsletter to 900 recipients led to 235 visits in one day compared to 80 a day on averageExamples of impact: Tescoisation press releasePress Release articles – 9 online media articlesHits on website increased in relevant page from 10 to 50 a dayOnline article in Third Sector magazine – 115,000 subscribersMention in popular sector Blog approximately 500 followersTweets by 8 people reaching 4,182 followers(Note follows subscribe to blogs and tweets)
  20. 20. British Library new data source proposalTSRC unique opportunity to collate as part of evidence reviewsand research process a large volume of published materials on thethird sectorThere is a mass of material, published and unpublished, on thethird sector which is not known about, easily obtained, or listedseparately in one place, and part of TSRC’s project is to compilean on-line catalogue of such resources.In the first year have 1,200 references on our database, but don’thave the resources or expertise to catalogue and offer them as asearchable data source portal on the webBritish Library has the expertise and is interested in developing itsonline resources for the social science community and third sector
  21. 21. Aim to have a single search interface for research on the thirdsector, where research can be added and reviewed for inclusionIn discussions with the Big Lottery to support the start up costs ofa Librarian and Project ManagerThis catalogue will be freely available to all those interested, orworking in the sector and will include items freely accessible viaTSRC’s own database of publications, the Internet, or obtainableby making a payment.The catalogue will be maintained and updated by TSRC until theproject comes to an end in 2013, or later if further funding isforthcoming, at which point British Library will take on theresponsibility.The online resource may be expanded in partnership with NCVOto offer a platform for statistical data on the sector to be analysed
  22. 22. Contact DetailsRazia ShariffHead, Knowledge Exchange TeamTHIRD SECTOR RESEARCH CENTRETel: 0207520 2459E-mail: