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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

About the Scottish Third Sector Tracker


The Tracker is run by an independent research company called DJS Research on behalf of SCVO, the Scottish Government, the William Grant Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Those involved in the running of a third sector organisation operating in Scotland are invited to represent their organisation as a member of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker.

What does it involve?

Every four months, members of the Tracker will submit a small amount of detail about their organisation’s current situation via an online survey. These details will be anonymised and then aggregated alongside the responses from all of the other Scottish Third Sector Tracker members. This will give SCVO and its partners a clear and up-to-date picture of the health of the third sector in Scotland and will enable them to identify where they can provide support to the sector most effectively.

What has been achieved so far?

The Tracker is entering its second phase. As a direct result of its first phase, which ran from summer 2021 to spring 2023, SCVO was able to make informed decisions on its influencing and media work, and Scottish Government gained invaluable insight which shaped internal decision-making and prioritisation. If you are interested in finding out more information on the impact of the first phase of the Tracker, please read this blog post by Steven Marwick (Director of Evaluation Support Scotland) which can be read here.

To register your interest

To register your interest in becoming a member of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker, please click the ‘Register interest’ button below to give us a few details about you and your organisation. After this, you will receive a welcome call from a DJS researcher. On this call, the researcher will give you some more details about the Tracker and will conduct the first of the Tracker surveys over the phone.

For further information

Please visit the FAQs at the bottom of this page and if you have any questions about the Scottish Third Sector Tracker, please email the DJS Research team at and they will be very happy to provide you with more detail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once every four months.

For most, the survey will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete each time.

You complete the survey online. A link to the latest edition of the survey will be emailed to you once it is live.

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 as many surveys as possible. 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 6 months, we would be very grateful if you could let us know, so that we know not to continue to contact you.

Last modified on 6 March 2024
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