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Understanding the social and political environment

Getting Started

Clinks provides you with a range of criminal justice information and updates. Click here to join, or sign up for our ebulletins here.

Introductions and Overviews

For the wider picture, NCVO’s Third Sector Foresight (or 3S4) project looked at the factors affecting public policy. It’s been archived now but still contains a lot of useful information.

Revitalise, from the Centre of Charity Effectiveness is a clear and easy to use guide to environmental scanning and includes tools that you can print out and use to help you in your discussions and planning.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation funds and publishes research into a wide range of social issues. Search by subject here.

The Office for National Statistics contains a huge amount of information about population trends and particular issues affecting society. Their guidance and methodology page is a good place to start.

DSC's Policy Campaigns and Research pages make for interesting and useful reading.

VolResource’s Policy, Research and Statistics page provides a typically clear overview and set of links.

The Guardian’s Society section can be a great source of background reading about a range of social issues; you can sign up to free regular e-mails on their website.

Third Sector magazine highlights stories and issues relevant to the voluntary sector and also sends out regular free mailings.

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