Policy and research

NCVO has a reputation as an authoritative voice for the sector: our robust, actionable policy positions and campaigns are built upon a strong research and evidence base and an engaged membership.

We have pulled together all of our evidence and policy work by key themes.

If you’re looking for guidance and information on topics such as campaigns, funding and commissioning, take a look at NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit. We also have template policies and resources, free for NCVO members.

Read our manifesto for the 2017 general election

Learn more about the voluntary sector

Over 160,000 voluntary organisations contribute £12.2 billion to the UK economy. Find out more about their work, scope and finance in the UK Civil Society Almanac, compiled by our research team.

NCVO members have access to The Road Ahead, our annual analysis of the changing operating environment for the voluntary sector, and the Inside Track, our quarterly update on developments in government and parliament.

What we're working on

Our policy team's primary aim is to champion the voluntary sector and volunteering by influencing the external policy environment.

We champion volunteering and the voluntary sector by upholding the sector’s independence, influencing the regulatory and financial environment for charities and supporting the role of charities in public services.

Our key areas of work are:

NCVO's research

NCVO's team of researchers undertake a huge range of work to support our members and the sector to make as big an impact as possible by having access to the highest quality evidence.

The latest research into volunteering, facts and figures on volunteering and free reports and evaluations.

Voluntary sector research conference

Every year NCVO, VSSN and IVR organise the UK’s leading conference for anyone undertaking or using research on the voluntary sector and volunteering.

Latest policy blogs

Latest research blogs

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