Charity Futures are carrying out a research consultation in conjunction with Giving Evidence. We want to find out what research you – charities and donors – need to help you in your vital work. This essential exercise, outlined in our published protocol, will ensure that charitable activity is based on sound evidence. Caroline Fiennes, the Director of Giving Evidence, spoke about the consultation at our annual conference.
May and June of 2018 saw us carry out five focus groups through an open ‘crowd-sourcing’ process in London, Edinburgh, Bradford and Manchester. They enabled us to hear the views of charity leaders, foundations, volunteers, consultants and other key stakeholders within the third sector.
The insights provided at these focus groups helped to shape our first survey. The survey served to elicit questions related to the topics on which charities and donors would like more research – it closed in September 2018. The results informed our second survey. The questions that had been obtained from our first survey were consolidated and de-duplicated, leaving 49 questions. Charities and donors were then asked to complete our second survey, where they were asked to prioritise these 49 questions.
We took the top 24 questions to a workshop in Manchester on 8th April. Our findings will be published in a detailed report in mid-2019.