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.
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.