Coronavirus evidence library


The Evidence Library is a resource for anyone interested in the voluntary sector in Scotland. Managed by SCVO, the library signposts to research and evidence produced by, or on, the voluntary sector. For further information email:

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Mental Health: Exploring the Current Landscape

As part of Centred's new strategic aim of developing the knowledge base on rural mental health, we released our first report looking at the current landscape of mental health and wellbeing, primarily in Scotland but also across the UK (see attached). The primary interest for Cent… hits Read more

An Exploration into the Factors Impacting on the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Highland Youth Part 1

Research report from Centred, Highland’s leading mental health charity. "Our research aimed to gather information from young people living in the Highlands of Scotland, to gain a better understanding about how different dimensions identified as important in the wider literature,… hits Read more

Communities are doing it for themselves: Lessons from the mutual aid experience

The Covid-19 pandemic created an extraordinary wave of social solidarity and ‘good neighbourliness’ throughout communities in the UK. Even before the announcement of national lockdown, pro- active neighbours began to organise themselves in preparation for potential social re… hits Read more

Patterns of financial vulnerability in English and Welsh charities after the onset of Covid

Key finding: A quarter of charities lost at least 40 per cent of their income from 2019 to 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic hit. This paper provides an assessment of the scale of changes in the incomes of charities after the onset of Covid until late 2020. Comparing measures… hits Read more

The Scottish Third Sector Tracker — wave three infographic summary (Spring 2022)

This infographic summary presents the key findings from the third wave of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker. Scotland’s third sector organisations continued to face challenges in spring 2022, particularly in regard to staffing, volunteer recruitment and management, and finance… hits Read more

The Scottish Third Sector Tracker — wave three data tables (Spring 2022)

These tables present the in-depth findings from the third wave of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker. The percentages are based on the weighted figure, not the raw totals. hits Read more

Mental Health: Exploring the Current Landscape

Discussions about mental health have become increasingly mainstream in recent years, with contributions from all sectors and levels of society. Changes in legislation aligned to human rights coupled with state aspirations to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental he… hits Read more

Scottish Household Survey 2020 Results - Volunteer Scotland summary analysis

"The SHS results for 2020 were published Friday 28, January 2022. The SHS Team has cautioned against comparing their 2020 data with previous years due to changes in the research method, sample size and timing. However, the results confirm major shifts in volunteering engageme… hits Read more

Respond, recover, reset: Two years on (March 2022)

The findings in this report are based on 18 months of research, featuring 14 waves of a barometer survey, four waves of a panel survey and over 300 in-depth interviews. Combined together, these different data sets provide a clear and consistent picture of what the sector was faci… hits Read more

Report #2 Models and Frameworks for Coordinating Community Responses During COVID-19

The MoVE project is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds. Over the course of 18 months, the research examines how to understand, scale and maximise the effectiveness of volunteer responses to COVID-19. This is the second in a set of 3 reports on t… hits Read more