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Taking part? Exploring resilience in civil society and third sector organisations ESRI seminar 26 th October 2011 ESRC Research Cluster Carol Packham (Community Audit and Evaluation Centre MMU) Marjorie Mayo (University of Goldsmiths) Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek (University of Lincoln). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • ESRC Research Cluster

    Taking part?Exploring resilience in civil society and third sector organisations

    ESRI seminar 26th October 2011

    ESRC Research Cluster

    Carol Packham (Community Audit and Evaluation Centre MMU) Marjorie Mayo (University of Goldsmiths)Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek (University of Lincoln)

  • ESRC Research ClusterThe Taking part? Research ClusterZoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek

    The Taking Part? research cluster is building upon the research expertise of the universities and the national Take Part Networks track record promoting Take Parts approach bringing together local, regional and national third sector organisations and higher education institutions, concerned with strengthening civil society promoting active citizenship, equalities and community empowerment

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    The Taking part? Research Cluster

    The CBC:- The cluster is supporting:

    - Postgraduate students Case Students - Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associates - Placements - Smaller-scale research activities (vouchers)

  • ESRC Research ClusterResearch Focus

    There is a risk that Third Sector organisations could end up reproducing the producer-dominated structures that they set out to challenge. The Cluster with Take Part partners, based in Take Parts approach (participatory approaches to learning & research) is working in these research questions:-How Third Sector organisations can tackle existing inequalities more effectively rather than reproducing them? -How can they promote increasing social solidarity rather than increasing competition? -How can infrastructure organisations best support smaller Third Sector organisations,? -How can the long-term impacts upon individual volunteers and Third Sector organisations and groups be tracked more effectively?

  • VoiceActiveCitizenTAKEPARTTake Part ResearchChangeVolunteersCommunity Leaders Critical and engaged citizensParticipating (democratic) citizens as individual citizensAs collective individualsSocialActionIn people: personal developmentIn community organizations: focus and skillsIn agencies: learning to involveIn policy-makers: understanding what works


  • SocialJusticeEquality&DiversityCIVILSOCIETYCivil SocietySocialNetworks raising awareness understanding how power works human rights collective rights and power to actSocialActionCooperative realising value of collective action strengthening collective action working with other organisations working across sectors individual participation social participation Public participation civic participation from volunteers to activists awareness of rights and principles ability to challenge discrimination understanding tensions and changes understanding official processes breaking isolation finding common causesconnecting groups and networks social capital

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    Third Sector/ University Partnerships

    Sharing Learning from Community - University Partnership will contribute:

    Learning to take part in civil society as active citizens

    Strengthening Civil Society independent role

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    Interim findings in relation to resilience Carol Packham

    The stage of the research programme, emerging themes

    Community resilience is.. the existence, development and engagement of community resources to thrive in a dynamic environment characterised by change, uncertainty, unpredictability and surprise. Resilient communities intentionally develop personal and collective capacity to respond to and influence change, to sustain and renew the community and to develop new trajectories for the communitys future. Community Resilience literature and practice Review Magis 2007 Quoted in Exploring community resilience in times of rapid change Carnegie UK August 2011

  • Emerging themes in relation to Resilience

    Organisational strategies to enable sustainability and survival

    2) Challenges to resilience

    3) Emerging forms of resilienceESRC Research Cluster

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    Organisational strategies for resilience (1)

    Examples of organisational strategies:

    KTP experience from LincolnGMCVO Was it Worth it?, ManchesterBASSAC, hosting relationships, Goldsmiths

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    Organisational strategies for resilience (2) KTP Lincoln

    Using flexible programmes to analyse and increase their organisational capacity to produces active citizenship programmes.Reinforcing participative approaches to demonstrate the impact of their activities and resist the current risksMutual learning exploring cooperative practices

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    Organisational strategies for resilience (4) BASSAC, hosting relationships, GoldsmithsUsing research to examine and most importantly to provide convincing evidence to demonstrate the value of umbrella type organisational inputs mutual support developing in response to current challenges

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    Challenges to resilience (1)

    Praxis: addressing challenges relating to social solidarity and community cohesion: how to provide the evidence for Third Sector organisations themselves (as well as funders) to show that community-based strategies can and do make a difference

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    Challenges to resilience (2) Marj Mayo

    Both funders and third sector organisations themselves need to know if they are being effective (especially in context of current resource constraints)But national evaluation indicators arent necessarily appropriate AND may require disproportionate resource inputsHence the importance of developing and road testing more appropriate indicators

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    Challenges to resilience (3) (MRSN - Manchester Refugee Support Network)Green Nyoni

    funding/ Sustainability - running organisation without funding-abandoning norms and values, joint bidding; stable RCOs; stable volunteers;

    organisational structure horizontal or vertical

  • gChallenges to resilience (contd 3) Manchester Refugee Support Network

    nature of representation

    competitive power over or democratic representation power with (McNiff 2000; Butcher et al 2007)

    challenges facing members e.g. destitution, lack of active participation

  • ESRC Research ClusterResponses and new forms of resilienceHannah Berry

    Working with women refugees and asylum seekers: Arise and Shine projectGroup discussions on problems and issues leading on to self-advocacy through drama and telling stories in schools. Importance of: supportive environment; being listened to and valued by strangers (after systematic disbelief encountered the immigration system); feeling you are changing something (attitudes and practices, hopefully also policies); continuity of group; us as allies being able to give time and help outside of the project e.g. supporting members anti-deportation campaigns.

  • ESRC Research ClusterResponses and new forms of resilienceEve Davidson Online survey of NW community groups 200 responses, over 70% income of less than 10,000 pa 42% said likely to fold within next 3 years.all this local work needs to be pulled together nationally and given the credit and funding from Central Government to ensure it can continue and expand

    We are very ambitious, innovative, focused and committed, we are strategic, we see a lot of opportunity in our town. We feel we have found an independent, alternative solution , which does not rely on public subsidy. It is frustrating that we haven't yet succeeded in convincing the local authorities.

  • ESRC Research ClusterIssues : HEI research with partners

    Uncertain position of partners re funding/ staff/resources etcTrue research/TSO partnershipsRequirement for more evidenced based practice Expectations of more professional deliveryTheir responses/strategies

    So how can Third Sector/ University partnerships contribute for the future?

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