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Carnegie UK Trust;
Quantifying kindness, public engagement and place presents findings from the first ever quantitative survey on kindness in communities and public services. The data reveals a reassuring and yet complex picture of kindness in the UK and Ireland, with generally high levels of kindness reported, but at the same time variations in experiences between jurisdictions and across social groups.
The research also sheds light on how people describe the place they live in, revealing that two in five people in the UK self-identify as living in a town; and provides insights into people's sense of control over public services, and how they perceive and act upon various methods of public engagement.
The data was collected by Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the Carnegie UK Trust; surveys were run with representative random sampling of approximately 1,000 people in each of the five legislative jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland
Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF);
Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners was a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative 2012 – 2016. The overall aim was to influence the museum and gallery sector to:
* Place community needs, values and active collaboration at the core of museum and gallery work
* Involve communities and individuals in decision-making processes
* Ensure that museums and galleries play an effective role in developing community skills and the skills of staff in working with communities
This was to be done through facilitation of organisational change in specific museums and galleries already committed to active partnership with communities.
Our Museum offered a collaborative learning process through which institutions and communities shared experiences and learned from each other as critical friends. Our Museum took place at a difficult and challenging time for both museums and their community partners. Financial austerity led to major cutbacks in public sector expenditure; a search for new business models; growing competition for funding; and organisational uncertainty and staff volatility. At the same time, the debate at the heart of Our Museum widened and intensified: what should the purpose of longestablished cultural institutions be in the 21st century; how do they maintain relevance and resonance in the contemporary world; how can they best serve their communities; can they, and should they, promote cultural democracy?
Joseph Rowntree Foundation;
There is growing awareness of the problem of forced labour and other forms of exploitation that have been collectively described as 'modern slavery'. In 2011, an ICR research report Forced Labour in Northern Ireland found limited cases distributed across a wide range of employment sectors. This report updates the evidence on forced labour in Northern Ireland.
The research: finds evidence of exploitation in more employment sectors than the 2011 report identified, suggesting the number of people affected by forced labour in Northern Ireland is growing; identifies what progress has been made in tackling forced labour since 2011 and what challenges remain; makes a number of recommendations to government, including specific changes to policies and approaches.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation;
Forced labour is a serious crime that currently affects thousands of people across the UK -- and the number of cases is growing. JRF has supported research into the nature, scale and scope of forced labour in the UK since 2010. As the UK Government, Northern Ireland Assembly and Scottish Parliament consider new legislation to tackle the issue, this round-up draws together JRF's programme of research, highlighting the most significant findings and key recommendations.
The growth of forced labour has coincided with changes in the nature of the UK's labour market. Increasing casualisation of jobs and longer supply chains within big companies have led to greater potential for workers to be exploited. The government's light-touch approach to workforce regulation, weak enforcement of labour standards and immigration policies that exclude people from formal employment also make workers more vulnerable.Forced labour can take many forms, and is not limited to immigrant workers or those who are working in the UK illegally. Interviews with those affected reveal different types of exploitation and the research explains why workers in some industries are particularly prone to it.Improved regulation, enforcement and protection for those affected is needed, and this document recommends ways it can be provided. It stresses that forced labour will only be eradicated through greater joined-up working by the government, which must address the causes, not just the symptoms.
Giving Northern Ireland;
There is currently a high level of interest in the UK and Ireland around the potential of philanthropy by high net worth individuals (HNWIs) to promote greater strategic investment in society. Philanthropic giving is the structured, planned and strategic giving of resources (money, time, expertise or goods) to positively impact on society. In Northern Ireland there is a well-established culture of public support for charitable causes which compares favourably with that in the UK as a whole. However, nationally, it is generally accepted that there is scope to increase the number of donors and levels of donations from HNWIs. Comparing giving in the UK and USA, research by the Charities Aid Foundation highlights that the wealthiest 10% of people in society account for around 50% of all individual giving in the USA compared with just over 20% in the UK.
This report is the third in a series to chronicle the concluding years of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the largest foundation ever to decide to commit its entire endowment in a limited timeframe and then close its doors.
It covers events that occurred from late 2010 through September 2012, some four to five years before Atlantic expects to make its final grant commitments, including:an intense 10-month strategic planning process to narrow its grantmaking focus and set a timetable for the foundation's concluding period for each programme and each country where it operatesstaff concerns as the realities of the end of foundation set inHuman Resources' plans to help employees prepare for their post-Atlantic careers and positive reactions to the release of an explicit policy on severancean examination into the issue of grantee sustainability, particularly in countries and programmes where replacement funders are unlikely.In-depth case studies explore Atlantic's impact and the challenge of grantee sustainability in two focus areas: efforts to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. and to promote the rights of the rural poor in South Africa.
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland;
As part of its evaluation of the Communities in Transition II programme the CIT team and the External Evaluator decided to produce a small number of short papers in which the learning from CIT could be connected to broader issues of concern to communities, NGOs and policy makers. These have been produced as part of the CFNI "In Brief" policy series.
Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF);
This report into the governance and financial management of endowed charitable foundations -- charities that fund their activities mostly from investments -- is the first research of its kind into this sector. It examines the common principles for the management of charitable foundations and, through interviews and case studies, shows the ways different organisations have implemented them to get the best value for their charitable aims.
The report identifies that there are 900 endowed foundations in England and Wales with income over £500k. With collective assets of £48.5bn -- nearly half the Voluntary Sector assets of the UK as a whole - they are together responsible for £2.3bn charitable spending each year.
In 2007, the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, was commissioned by the PMC to evaluate Globe: All Ireland Programme for Immigrant Parents. From 2007 - 2009 a number of interim evaluation reports were submitted to the PMC on the development phase of the project and its resources. In 2009, following the extension of the project, the objectives of the evaluation were revised. These objectives, which underpin this final evaluation report, are as follows:
Examine and assess the pilot phase;
Examine and assess the uptake and use of the Information Packs by parents and practitioners;
Examine and assess the partnership working and development on a multi-sectoral and crossborder basis of the PMC, and more generally in meeting the needs of immigrant parents;
Examine and assess the mainstreaming of learning and good practice; and
Examine and assess the training/awareness raising and support of practitioners in delivering the programme.
Irish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC);
This is the fourth interim report by the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway, for the Project Management Committee (PMC) of the All-Ireland Programme for Immigrant Parents. The programme aims to develop a range of parenting information, and provide training and resources for immigrant families and those agencies and individuals who work with immigrant parents on the island of Ireland.