We have added some illustrative examples of both good practice and not so good practice to illuminate some of the pitfalls that can be easily and unintentionally stumbled upon and case studies to describe ethical decision making in practice.
Please feel free to tell others about this resource. You are welcome to upload this link to the resource on your websites.
We are interested to hear from anyoneusing the guide, not onlythird sector researchers. We will publish an accompanying document which will include case studies about how the guide is being used in the third sector. The case studies will be presented at an event in February 2022. If you would like to be part of this, please email us.
Researching Well - TSRF conference report and video
We have created a written report and a video with the highlights from our Researching Well conference so you can take your choice about how you'd like to be reminded about the conference or for those who couldn’t attend, to find out what happened.
The conference webpage has the recorded presentations, slides and workshop information too.
The latest joint Policy Scotland/TSRF event about using third sector evidence to influence policy took place on 1st June with Robbie Calvert, Royal Town Planning Institute and Hannah Tweed, The ALLIANCE talking about how they used their research to influence policy. Sarah Weakley talked about the Mendelow matrix - a stakeholder mapping tool.
Top tips from the event
Map out your stakeholders including national, regional, and local stakeholders
Understand your stakeholders – what would interest them about your research?
Work with your stakeholders across the lifetime of your project – from designing the research, recruiting participants to dissemination of your results/report
Think about using a variety of ways to get your message out – briefings, social media, events, presentations, writing and speaking opportunities, webpages
Spotlight on TSRF member's research approach: Corra
Corra is an independent trust with a 10-year strategy that aims to strengthen and amplify people’s voices and their power to make change. We continue to make grants and work alongside communities with increasing focus on challenging the barriers, active listening and responding to power dynamics that can influence change.
Corra also supports a learning culture where internal and external learning forms part of our knowledge and insights to help shape how and what we do. Corra is currently involved in several collaborations that aim to influence power and voice for people and communities we seek to serve.
As part of our place based working Corra is funding two communities (Dunterlie and Fernhill) to be part of the Knowledge is Power action research programme.
Corra is also one of the partners who initiated the Social Action Inquiry in Scotland looking at how people can make social action happen in their communities which can make Scotland a better place to live. The Inquiry has now appointed two Co-Chairs and is currently recruiting two Co-Leads one with a focus on the social action and the other with a focus on research. More information and updates
Public Health Scotland Covid-19 Research Repository
At the June TSRF meeting Julia Green from the Knowledge Services Team at Public Health Scotland gave a demonstration of the new Covid-19 research repository. This is a single searchable point of Covid-19 research published by Scottish researchers or with a focus on Scotland.It is accessible to use and the research is mainly open access. It includes evidence papers, pre-prints, blogs, and videos from research by academic institutions.
Have a browse at this interesting and useful resource.
In addition, Volunteer Scotland published a report ‘Who contributes the most to Scottish volunteering?’ which analyses the Scottish Household Survey 2018 data for formal and informal volunteering to provide new evidence on ‘volunteering intensity’ across key demographic variables.Voluntary Sector Studies Network
VSSN is running an event on Thursday 1st July 10am - 12.30pmon Zoom about'Emotion and Feelings in Voluntary Sector Work'
Speakers will be Dr Julian Manley from UCLAN (Preston) and Marilyn Taylor, Visiting Research Fellow, IVAR (London). This event is for researchers, practitioners and funders from both the Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise field and those engaged in the psycho-social, counselling and therapeutic disciplines. For more information.
VSSNis hosting the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference in partnership with the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), on6-7 September 2021 at Aston University, Birmingham*. The conference has a dedicated stream for new researchers.
This year’s theme is ‘Leadership, Diversity, and Civil Society’ and will provide a unique opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners from the UK and further afield to come together to share findings and discuss the implications of research for the sector's future as a site of social leadership and social justice.
*Meeting in person to be kept under review and moved online if needed due to coronavirus restrictions
YS has been working over the last year to support young people to look at environmental impacts in their communities. They have developed an interactive resource on how to engage young people in heritage using a youth led research approach.
Non-member research update Carnegie UK Trust Carnegie UK Trust has posted a new podcast, The Courage to be Kind.The podcast features Carnegie Associate, Dr Elizabeth Kelly, in conversation with health journalist, Pennie Taylor, discussing the Trust’s learning about kindness in health and social care in Scotland over the past 12 months. In this new podcast, which is also hosted on the Scottish Government’s National Wellbeing Hub, Elizabeth and Pennie explore the role of kindness in care settings from a range of angles across six short episodes. As well as looking at it from the perspective of staff wellbeing, and sharing practical tools and resources, the conversation also explores the transformational potential of kindness, with challenging messages for the way that we now manage the recovery and renewal of our health service. Social Research Association Social Research Association are calling for presentations at their 2021 annual conference taking place virtually in the week of 22 November 2021.
Share your practical experiences, insights and learning – the research problems you’ve faced, what worked and what didn’t, and why. Some suggestions for themes, to get you started:
• Research in the pandemic and what comes next
• Making research more inclusive
• Qualitative innovation
• Survey developments
• Evaluative methods
• The use (and abuse) of research findings
• New directions with data
• ‘Wild card’: something different!
If accepted, your 20-minute presentation will be pre-recorded, with yourself attending the live session to take part in the Q&A. And you’ll pay a reduced delegate fee.
The Scotland's Third Sector Research Forum meets quarterly. You can read the minutes from the meeting which took place on 10March 2021hereandprevious meeting minutes.And for more news from Scotland's Third Sector Research Forum please read the TSRF newslettershere.
The next Forum meeting will be on14 September 2021.