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Get involved in charity research

Get connected and involved with research exploring how the charity sector has been shaped by the pandemic.

DSC are supporting Nottingham Trent University’s work with NCVO and Sheffield Hallam University to explore ways in which the pandemic is shaping the charity sector. In particular, they are interested in how the pandemic is impacting voluntary organisations’ working practices, operations, responses, learning, and resilience. Below are the ways that you can get connected and involved in the research.

Barometer survey

It is quick, easy and only takes a few minutes to complete. Each round the survey has a set of general questions, with some focussing on a specific theme relevant to the sector. As a small thank you to everyone who takes part, each month after the survey closes there is a chance for participants to win £200, and a £2,000 prize draw at the end of the project. You can click here to participate in the latest round of the barometer, or find more information on the survey.


Should you have more time to share, they would love to hear more about your organisation and experiences through a one-on-one interview. If this interests you, please contact the research team at [email protected] or the lead researcher at [email protected] .

Read and use the research

Their reports have already been shared with policy makers and industry leaders. Head to the dedicated project page to read the latest report and discover more. Here you can also access the barometer dashboard for a succinct representation of the data. The dashboard allows organisations to gain further understanding of what is happening within the sector, including learning from those of a similar type and size across the UK. It presents users with an overview of how their experiences compare and are shared throughout the sector. If you have any enquiries about insights from the data, or would like to discuss the project more, please email the team at Nottingham Trent University at [email protected].