Association Promotion and Solidarity
The Volunteering Support Centre for the Lazio Region
Measuring impact. Enhancing visibility
The research project "The contribution of third sector to the socio-economic development of Europe" is financed by the European Commission - DG Research through the VII Framework Programme (FP7).
Duration: 36 months (2014-2016)
All info on: www.thirdsectorimpact.eu
SPES coordinates a transversal work package dedicated to the involvement of the third sector and of public bodies in the whole research process, on European level and in target countries.
The primary objective of the research project is to create knowledge that can further investigate the contributions that the third sector and volunteering can offer to the socio-economic development of Europe. These unique "renewable resources" for resolving social and economic problems and for harnessing the civic engagement in Europe are more than ever necessary in this phase of social and economic suffering and enormous pressure on government budgets - not as an alternative to public bodies but as a full-fledged partner in promoting European progress. In order for this resource to be harnessed to its best potential, we need to understand more clearly the scope and scale of the third sector, of its existent and potential impacts and of the barriers that stop the third sector from offering its full contribution to the common wellbeing.
Bernard Enjolras - Institutt for samfunnsforskning - Norvegia
Objectives and key actions
Transversal objective: stakeholders' engagement
Build a partnership between the research community and the third sector leaders and professionals so that the understanding of the third sector generated through research work may remain anchored to reality and can count on sufficient support from key stakeholders, capable to command respectful attention from the decision makers.
This project is supported by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).