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Welcome to the Changing Landscapes for the Third Sector website. Here you will find details of a project based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. The study runs for one year from May 2013 to May 2014.
Understanding the micro-dynamics of third sector organisations is vitally important in times of rapid social change. Changing Landscapes will enhance our understanding of the voluntary sector by bringing together evidence from a network of projects that are 'walking alongside' third sector organisations as they navigate a shifting policy landscape.
The study will also co-ordinate new and emerging knowledge and information from across academic and practice organisations, which will provide the foundation for scaling up evidence. The knowledge generated through this study will be used to develop tools and information for practitioners, service providers and wider public policy planners and providers working in, or for, the Third Sector.
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. 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.
The study involves data sharing between projects, using new techniques and approaches to secondary analysis, and data archiving for continued use for future researchers. Both secondary analysis methods and the archive facilities were developed under an earlier study, ESRC Timescapes, led by Professor Bren Neale.
Our Knowledge Bank is designed as a useful resource for professionals, academics and members of the public who are interested in the work of this project, including volunteers in the Third Sector, or those working in Third Sector organizations.As we develop these pages, we will include details of published findings from the study and related publications and resources of use to academics and professionals with an interest in the Third Sector.
This website also contains links to our Network Member projects and organizations, which we hope will be useful for people interested in finding out more about the wide range of excellent research conducted in this field. We will also be developing facilities for people to blog about their experiences researching in, or working with and for, the Third Sector.