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Policy and research

NCVO has a reputation as an authoritative voice for the sector: our robust, actionable policy positions and campaigns are built upon a strong research and evidence base and an engaged membership.

We have pulled together all of our evidence and policy work by key themes.

If you’re looking for guidance and information on topics such as campaigns, funding and commissioning, take a look at NCVO Knowhow. We also have template policies and resources, free for NCVO members.

Learn more about the voluntary sector

Over 166,000 voluntary organisations contribute £18.2bn to the UK economy in 2017/18. Find out more about their work, scope and finance in the UK Civil Society Almanac, compiled by our research team.

The Road Ahead is our annual analysis of the changing operating environment for the voluntary sector.

The Inside Track is our monthly update on developments in government and parliament.

What we're working on

Our policy team's primary aim is to champion the voluntary sector and volunteering by influencing the external policy environment.

We champion volunteering and the voluntary sector by upholding the sector’s independence, influencing the regulatory and financial environment for charities and supporting the role of charities in public services.

Our key areas of work are:

NCVO's research

NCVO's team of researchers undertake a huge range of work to support our members and the sector to make as big an impact as possible by having access to the highest quality evidence.

Data and statistics

The UK Civil Society Almanac, published annually by NCVO, is the definitive reference publication for anybody interested in data and statistics on the voluntary sector and volunteering. For recent analysis into our latest almanac published in July please read a summary of our findings or download the full report.

Covid-19 VCSE impact barometer

In collaboration with Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam we are exploring the impact of covid-19 on voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises.

We will be running this project until November 2021, reporting 15 monthly reports tracked using our monthly covid-19 VCSE impact barometer.


  • Time Well Spent- a national survey on the volunteering experience
  • Getting Involved- an overview of the different ways that people get involved in society using key trends, facts and statistics

Research Conference

Every year NCVO, VSSN and IVR organise the UK’s leading conference for anyone undertaking or using research on the voluntary sector and volunteering.


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