Community Research

For the last ten years South West Foundation has been training community members to undertake their own research projects. Over 500 community members have taken part in the research projects. The Foundation has developed its own unique Community Researcher Training Programme aimed at engagaing community mebers who may not previously have undertaken research . We also undertake guided research with community groups.

ENGAGING OUTCOMES 7.pdf
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Community Matters: A Community Based Participatory Research Project undertaken in partnerhsip with the University of Bath

Community Matters is a new Community Based Participatory Research Project that is based in the BANES Area and taking place in partnership with the University of Bath. Five Community Groups are undertaking research projects of their choice supported by researchers from the university. This is a new and  exciting project. The Foundation has run the small grant programme of £3,000 per particpant to help groups take part in this programme. It is hoped that as well as building skills participating community groups will be able to utilise the evidence based research to support funding applications. 

The South West Foundation has been involved with a wide range of research projects which focus mainly, but not exclusively, on the voluntary and community sector. The research documents below are just a selection of what we have undertaken to date. The Foundation has a focus on small/Below the Radar groups. We also have a strong interest in women's involvment in the sector. the Foundation has worked with over 1,000 groups and over 80 networks in the South West. 

If your organisation would like the Foundation to undertake research on your behalf, or be involved in your own project, do get in contact with us. 

Into Employment. the latest report of the Community Grant programme 2014/5
Final Community Grant Report 3.pdf
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Crisis and Contradiction
This report provides the views of small Community/Below the Radar groups on their current situation. Published in 2014
crisis and contradiction Final2.pdf
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Creating Changes
A report looking at the Health Lottery funded programme on Community Based Participatory Research in Torbay
Creating Changes Report report 6.pdf
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Funders Footprints
Funder Footprints is a signficicant survey into the views of the VCS on Funders. Although published in 2006 there is no other similar survey and the survey remains relevant today.
footprint small portrait.pdf
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Setting the scene
Published in 2001 this report provides a historical context for the Voluntry and Community Sector and provided the first research report to inform the Foundation's grant programmes.
Setting the Scene First Report.pdf
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Sample grant report on one of the Foundation's Small Grant Programmes
Esmee Fairbairn end of grant report.pdf
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Empowerment Overview
Funded by Creating Excellence, this report written by the South West Foundation and the Evaluation Trust takes an overview of empowerment in the South West region.
Empowerment Overview Report.pdf
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Empowerment and Older People
Funded by Creating Excellence, this report written by the South West Foundation and the Evaluation Trust takes a look at older people and empowerment.
Empowerment and Older People.pdf
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Empowerment and Young People
Funded by Creating Excellence, this report written by the South West Foundation and the Evaluation Trust takes a look at younger people and empowerment.
Empowement and Young People.pdf
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Empowerment and Rural Areas
Funded by Creating Excellence, this report written by the South West Foundation and the Evaluation Trust takes a look at rural areas and empowerment.
Empowerment and Rural Areas.pdf
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