Changing Landscapes for the Third Sector: Enhancing Knowledge and Informing Practice
Kahryn Hughes and Bren Neale (University of Leeds) and Rob Macmillan (Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham)
Changing Landscapes of the Third Sector is a project based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, with partners in The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
What is the project about?
This project brings together a wide network of organisations who have been using qualitative longitudinal methods to research the changing fortunes and experiences of Third Sector organisations, and the people who are involved in them, over time. Using a whole range of Qualitative Longitudinal methods, the longer time frames of the different research studies means we are able to see how Third Sector organisations have developed and changed in their efforts to adapt to and work within a rapidly changing economic context. There are more details on the ‘About the Project’ page.
What does the project involve?
This project uses a new way of working across different studies that have already been done. We have followed a very specific plan of action so that the existing knowledge and expertise of network members has been brought together in defining key questions, and in illuminating key themes in third sector research.
This plan of action involved the following:
- bringing data together in a data-sharing workshop
- bringing project teams together to discuss the main questions their research has raised for them in a knowledge exchange workshop;
- bringing existing findings together in a synthesis process to look at overall themes and findings;
- and bringing two major data sets together in a secondary analysis process so that data have been re-examined in the light of all the new and emerging thinking
- national conference with workshops for dissemination and feedback
- consultation with key stake holders about our project outputs
These activities in the study use new techniques and approaches to secondary analysis, and data archiving for continued use for future researchers developed under an earlier study, ESRC Timescapes, led by Professor Bren Neale.
For more information, visit the project website: http://changinglandscapes.leeds.ac.uk/