If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of having accurate and up to date data and evidence to support decision making. For that reason, SCVO has decided to partner with a range of stakeholders1 to build a Scotland-focused third sector research community called the Scottish Third Sector Tracker.
SCVO is looking for 800 representatives from third sector organisations based across Scotland who are willing to share their experiences, views, and concerns, as the sector emerges from the pandemic.
The information gathered from members of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker will inform and direct the way SCVO, and many other organisations, including the Scottish Government, provide support to third sector organisations in the coming years.
The findings will also be used to produce regular reports and insights that will be shared widely across Scotland’s third sector to help policy makers and funders shape their own policies and support for the sector.
This community will allow Scottish third sector organisations the opportunity to contribute to a high-profile survey that will reach decision makers across the country.
SCVO has appointed an independent research company, DJS Research, to manage the Scottish Third Sector Tracker. The Tracker will run for 18 months, and pilot interviews are already underway.
To express your interest in joining the Scottish Third Sector Tracker please complete this form on DJS’s website. If you have any questions about the Tracker, please email DJS at STSTracker@djsresearch.com
1 Those stakeholders include organisations directly funding this project: The Scottish Government; William Grant Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund and organisations taking an advisory role: The University of Glasgow, Social Enterprise Scotland and OSCR.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often will I be asked to complete the survey?
Once every three months.
How long will it take?
For most, the survey will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete each time.
How do I complete the survey?
The first survey will be conducted by telephone, following that once a new edition of the survey is live, you will receive an email notification to the email address you supplied when you first registered. This will contain a link to an online survey.
What if I cannot complete the survey
A complete picture of the sector is crucial to the success of the project and so we ask, where possible, that members submit a response for all the remaining five surveys. We appreciate that this will not always be possible due to a change in roles, leave or illness. In these cases, we would ask for another colleague to complete the survey in your absence.
If you leave your organisation altogether, please let us know and we can organise for someone else in the organisation to take your place in the community.
Finally, in the very unfortunate circumstance that your organisation stops operating at any point during the next 18 months, we would be very grateful if you could let us know, so that we know not to continue to contact you.