Research Digest: What can quantitative approaches learn from The Beatles?

22 August 2022

I’ve written before about the growing use of more rigorous quantitative approaches to community and third sector research. A great example is the way the School for Social Entrepreneurs used control cohorts to evaluate its pioneering Match Trading programme. By doing

Building meaningful relationships between researchers and society

9 August 2022

Our evaluation of UKRI-funded research projects seeks to better understand the value and scope of ‘citizen science’.

‘If the research sector is to truly reflect our diverse communities, we need new forms of partnerships’ 

20 July 2022 | Authors: Emily Morrison,

Tom Saunders and Emily Morrison stress the need for more equitable and sustainable models of community engagement in research

Peer research: sharing what works

13 July 2022 | Authors: Zoe Dibb,

Our Head of Research, Zoe Dibb, shares insights and key learnings from our Peer Research Network with the Social Research Association (SRA).

https://youtu.be/KwYgy-pmclg

Research Digest: ‘Knowledge is NOT power’

30 June 2022

Over coffee last month with Professor Rebecca Madgin, Director of the AHRC’s Place-Based Research Programme, I was introduced to the concept of ‘felt experience’. I had been talking about the mysterious way that successful community businesses taking over pubs, shops, libraries

Here comes the community!

13 June 2022

Today, local leaders from around the UK descend on Parliament to call for a Community Power Act. Our CEO Helen Goulden welcomes engagement with communities that increases both equality and equity. 

Research Digest: Enough of the ‘grands projects’

24 May 2022

Hang around the ‘community development scene’ for more than a few years and you’ll probably develop a weary resignation about the endless cycling and recycling of well-meant policy interventions. I last saw this at the recent Local Trust levelling up conference

The rise and rise of participatory research

24 May 2022

Our CEO reflects on the knowledge shared at our recent Hive conference – and makes the case for peer research as an approach that is ripe for these times…

People shaping places, places shaping people: Community asset ownership

16 May 2022

Catch up on this roundtable that brought together policymakers, community business leaders, researchers and sector experts to explore how asset ownership encourages communities to become more effective stewards in their places.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQWnSa9InQg

‘Fat people face discrimination that affects them for the rest of their lives’ 

15 May 2022

New research from Kickstart peer research trainees uncovers prejudice and discrimination and explores its impact.

Research digest: ‘Lessons in navigation’

29 March 2022

Nearly a quarter of a century after Google introduced the world to the joys of online searching (and the dangers of the filter bubble), user experience is all – and as we add ever more material to the Institute for

‘Putting young people in the driving seat of research can steer better youth support’

28 March 2022 | Authors: Helen Goulden OBE,

Helen Goulden shares a new report, and celebrates greater participation of young people in the research sector.

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