Building capabilities in the voluntary sector: a review of the market

Document type
Working Paper
Dayson, Chris; Sanderson, Elizabeth
Third Sector Research Centre
Date of publication
1 September 2014
Working paper; 127
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This report forms part of the Building Capabilities scoping study undertaken for the Big Lottery Fund. The study reviewed existing evidence to address what works in building front line organisations' and partnerships’ capabilities and what the requirements are for a marketised approach to capability-building. The report provides analysis of the supply and demand sides of the market for capacity building support and explores how it is resourced. It draws on two key data sources: the 2010 National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises (NSCSE) and an online survey of capacity building providers. The report concludes by considering the implications the findings have for the prospects for a marketised approach.

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