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Understanding the distinctiveness of small scale, third sector activity: the role of local knowledge and networks in shaping below the radar actions

Phillimore, Jenny and McCabe, Angus and Soteri-Proctor, Andri and Taylor, Rebecca (2010) Understanding the distinctiveness of small scale, third sector activity: the role of local knowledge and networks in shaping below the radar actions. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.


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‘Below the radar’ has become a short-hand term for small community groups who are either not registered with the Charity Commission or other regulatory bodies and or are registered but lack a regular, substantial annual income. Much of the existing research into the Third Sector has focused on formal, larger, organisations leaving gaps in the knowledge base around the nature and function of small groups and more informal activities which happen at a community level.

The following working paper is based on interviews with representatives from national community sector organisations, development agencies, members of policy fora and academics with a background in community based research. It explores the scale, scope and functions of ‘below the radar’ activity in the Third Sector, why people become active within their community and the factors which both help and hinder community based action. Finally the paper explores the strengths and weaknesses of ‘below the radar’ action, issues of accountability and asks the question – are their features that make more informal community organisation and activity distinctive.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:25
Department:Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)

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Date:May 2010
Series/Collection Name:TSRC Working Paper Series
Keywords:Below the radar, community, community sector, community groups and activities, sustainability and accountability.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
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Funders:Economic and Social Science Research Council, Office for Civil Society, Barrow Cadbury Trust
ID Code:792

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