COVID-19 voluntary sector impact barometer

As we step into 2021, the impact of COVID-19 has manifested throughout every corner of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

With income down, demand up and services continually having to adjust, the pandemic continues to present challenges throughout the sector.

From ever-changing rules and regulations, fluctuations in funding, and promises of a vaccine roll-out, service providers have faced an increasingly uncertain landscape to navigate. Therefore, it is vital that we work together to really understand what is going on, and how we can help the sector and organisations within it adapt within and beyond these unique times.

 To do this, Nottingham Trent University have teamed up with NCVO and Sheffield Hallam University to conduct one of the largest UK-wide monthly surveys on the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. The survey is quick (it takes about 10 minutes) and easy to complete, and explores not only the financial impact, but changes to services, measures to be COVID-secure and topical issues (such as this month the impact on volunteering).

All the data goes into a dashboard which provides real-time data how different types of organisations are being most significantly impacted. This data can help you quickly, reliably, and effectively how the pandemic is impacting organisations within your area and compare it to the whole UK. We know a number of infrastructure organisations similar to yours are using this data to understand how organisations in their area are being impacted and comparing it to the rest of the UK.

This is not a snapshot study, but a long-term investment to create something which can be useful for all organisations now and in the future. The more organisations completing it from your area, the more useful this will be, allowing organisations (for example) to delve into and break down the information by region, and compare this to the national picture. With your help, we can improve understanding not only what is happening, but utilise our resources to find out why - and create a more accurate picture of what is needed to help. 

There are three ways that you can get involved initially:

Please complete this survey yourself. We are really interested in how organisations like yours are being impacted

Please promote it to your members. We are happy to send on an email that you can use to promote the survey to your members (the more organisations in your area that complete it the more useful data you and we will get). If we can provide other information (newsletters, other emails or take part in meetings) to promote this work please let us know.

Talk to us about how we can make this more useful to you and your work. We want to make this research as helpful to you and your member organisations as possible.

Our reports are already being shared with policy makers and industry leaders, as well as gaining some traction in the press, so every voice is of high importance to us.

The latest round to the survey is now open (click here to begin). There is also a link to our promotional flyer here, so you can help spread the word. You can also find out more via our project page. As a small thank you to everyone who completes the survey, there is an option of being entered into a prize draw to win £200 each month and a £2000 prize draw at the end of the whole project (see here for participant information). To find out more please get in touch with the project team and visit our dedicated project page.   

Above all, we are looking to work with organisations to make this project as useful as it can be. So, we hope that you will be able to get in touch and let us know your thoughts on what would make this research valuable for you and the organisations you work with. As part of our outreach, the research team would also like to talk to you about how we can make this as helpful as possible.

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