This briefing is the output of the first phase of a GMCVO joint project with the University of Manchester about the role of local organisations in facilitating social capital.
The document sets out the three most popular approaches to defining social capital and then highlights ways in which the concept has been used in empirical research.
Based on this briefing document, a shorter version has been produced for VCSE organisations. This looks at how a better understanding of social capital might lead to a more nuanced understanding of VCSE organisations' contribution. It sets out short explanations of three different types of social capital and their significance for VCSE organisations' operations.