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Voluntary and charity response to coronavirus to be subject of new research project

Research on COVID-19, and VCSE organisations response,,is being undertaken by Nottingham Trent and Sheffield Hallam universities, in collaboration with NCVO.

This research will examine the impacts COVID-19 is having on different types of voluntary and community sector organisations, to help inform policy and practice. It will have a particular focus on issues relating to the paid workforce and volunteers.

The research will provide data and insights that can shape the policy and programmes of government and VCSE infrastructure organisations. It will also provide case studies and lessons-learned reports to help practitioners consider new ways of responding to COVID-19 and developing resilience for future crises.

The key elements of the project include:

• A COVID-19 VCSE impact barometer, which will be developed to provide real-time data about the impact that COVID-19 is having on VCSE organisations;

• A representative panel survey of 100 VCSE organisations who will be regularly surveyed to capture how organisations are responding to Covid-19 and the practices they are adopting;

• In-depth interviews every month with different voluntary and community organisations to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on VCSE organisations, around 300 interviews over the lifetime of the project;

• Monthly insights reports for the sector; and

• A vulnerability index of VCSE organisations to understand the short and longer term impact that COVID-19, and other future crises, will have on VCSE organisations.

To make sure the research is helpful and informative, those involved are keen to hear from people in the VCSE sector to inform the focus and approach that is being taken. If you would like to find out more and potentially shape the direction of this project please get in touch with Daniel King.

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