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A curated collection of over 300 research reports, case studies and other publications
Technical Appendix - Employment and skills: The role of community businesses
This technical appendix supports Power to Change’s report on employment and skills development within community businesses.
We can’t actually be a pub we can only be ‘more than’ a pub: The Bevy in lockdown
‘We can’t actually be a pub, we can only be ‘more than’ a pub: The Bevy in lockdown’ tells the story the experiences of members of the team at The Bevy, a community pub in Mouls
Working with your MP
Across the country, Big Local partnerships offer insight into how communities can engage with their MPs.We know many have a good relationship with their local MP, but nearly hal
Community Pubs: A better form of business - 2020
This state of the sector report from the Plunkett Foundation, funded by Power to Change, shows community pubs thriving and making a significant contribution to community develop
Community Shops: A better form of business - 2020
This state of the sector report from the Plunkett Foundation, funded by Power to Change, shows community shops thriving and making a significant contribution to community develo
Community-managed libraries as community hubs
The Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network conducted a small study into community managed libraries (CMLs) as community hubs.
Growing Community Businesses - An interim evaluation of Bright Ideas, the Community Business Fund and Trade Up
Power to Change commissioned Renaisi in April 2019 to evaluate three programmes: Bright Ideas, Trade Up and the Community Business Fund.
Measuring the impact of community businesses at neighbourhood level
Power to Change commissioned Kantar in 2019 to conduct a ‘hyperlocal’ version of the national Community Life Survey (CLS) in six operational areas centred around community busin
Peer Research in the UK
This report takes an in-depth look at the use of peer research in the UK today, providing a comprehensive introduction to the methodology and advocating for its value as a legit
Rapid research COVID-19 Briefing #6: Stepping up and helping out: grassroots volunteering in response to COVID-19
In Briefing 5, Volunteering through crisis and beyond: starting, stopping and shifting, we provided an overview of literature on volunteering.
Researching community responses to COVID-19: a methodological note
Local Trust commissioned a team of researchers, led by the Third Sector Research Centre, to undertake a study exploring how communities react to, cope with and recover from COVI
Think Big, Act Small: Elinor Ostrom's Radical Vision for Community Power
Elinor Ostrom is the intellectual hero of the community power movement.