Progress report May 2010 - situated practice: initial reflections on the organisation of participation

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Great Britain)
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1 May 2010
Volunteering, Community Development and Regeneration, Social Policy
Social welfare
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Progress report of the Pathways Through Participation research project exploring how and why people get involved and stay involved in different forms of participation over the course of their lives. The report describes some of the observations and reflections emerging out of the initial stages of the project, focusing on how participation is organised and the roles and understandings of the institutions and facilitators of participation. A number of questions for further consideration emerged out of the first stages of the research regarding areas such as the barriers and conditions influencing people to participate and the varying motivations influencing participation. Further, initial research suggested that policy might not always reflect local people’s interests, and with the issue of funding becoming increasingly important, several interviewees raised questions about how policy objectives can be met with limited resources.

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