At NAVCA, we use evidence to demonstrate the value and impact of our members. That’s why we conduct and commission research about our members and their work, building the evidence base for local VCSE infrastructure support. We share the data and analysis of our research in accessible formats, so that we can promote the impact and value of local infrastructure to a wide audience.

Read more about our recent research below.

NAVCA Membership (March 2023):

We surveyed our members to find out more about their priorities, concerns, funding sources, and changes in income and expenditure.

Download the full report here

Connecting Locally:

In November 2022, we published Connecting Locally, a research project commissioned by NAVCA from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. The report gives an overview of the work of NAVCA members providing local infrastructure support for the VCSE sector.

Read more about it here

NAVCA member Sandwell CVO

What is Local Infrastructure?:

This deep dive draws on Connecting Locally to explore what local infrastructure organisations do to support the local VCSE sector, and work in partnership with local authorities, health systems and other statutory public bodies to benefit communities.

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Charity Banking Report:

Banking is a fundamental requirement for the voluntary sector, yet a growing number of charities are struggling to find banking services that meet their needs. Over 1200 voluntary organisations responded to a survey commissioned by the Civil Society Group between March and May 2022. The results have shown that:

  • Services that charities need are increasingly unavailable;
  • Services that are available are not suited to the way that charities operate;
  • Charities often encounter poor customer service;
  • Online banking is not designed for or accessible to charities

We are working with the banking sector to understand the challenges and collaboratively develop solutions. The report has been prepared by NAVCA, NCVO, ACRE, WCVA and CFG.

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