Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Greater Manchester Third Sector Research Network

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • Friday 17th May 2019, 2pm - 4pm

Research on Social Prescribing - findings and methods: Michelle Howarth from University of Salford will talk about findings from her research on social prescribing in Salford. 

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All meetings take place at GMCVO's St. Thomas Centre unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are served.

Please email Susanne Martikke at if you are planning to attend any of these meetings or have any questions about the network.

About the Greater Manchester Third Sector Research Network 

From making a case for funding to evaluating outcomes, there are many practical uses for research into third sector organisations. 
The Greater Manchester Third Sector Research Network is for you if you are:

  • Based in the third sector in Greater Manchester and your role includes finding information and using it to support your organisation’s work
  • An academic or independent researcher with an active interest in researching the voluntary sector
  • Involved in the third sector in Greater Manchester and interested in staying abreast of research-related issues and methods

The purpose of the network is to encourage practitioners and researchers to:

  • Exchange information
  • Discuss and listen to presentations on issues related to their work
  • Obtain feedback on ideas, thoughts and projects
  • Obtain peer support and review
  • Learn from each other

Originally conceived by GMCVO researcher Susanne Martikke and Claire Moxham (formerly of Manchester Business School), the network is now a GMCVO project. Susanne organises the meetings and co-hosts the network with Claire, but those who attend the network decide what they want to do at the meetings. Sessions have featured a variety of different formats:

  • Presentations by network members (Examples: Claire Moxham and Bernard Leach: Experiences of evaluation in the Third Sector, Community Network for Manchester: “The Road to Economic Well-being” )
  • Discussions led by network members (Examples: Stephen Young’s session on qualitative interviews, Alison Peacock’s session on lone researchers)
  • Potluck sessions where everyone is encouraged to bring something on a certain topic or issue (Examples: Problems encountered in research work, Sharing research methods)
  • Open discussion
  • Presentations by external speakers (Examples: Peter Halfpenny: ICT in Social Research, Margaret Ledwith: What is Community Development?)
  • Hands-on sessions where we try methods we are interested in.

The meetings are open to all those who are actively involved in collecting and/or analysing information about the sector in Greater Manchester, its activities and their impact in the broadest sense. The network has ocassionally attracted visitors from the wider North West. Anyone who needs to gather and use information relating to the third sector will find that the network provides an informal and supportive environment to share ideas and experiences.

The network conducted an evaluation survey among its members. The report about the findings is at the link below.

Susanne was chosen as "Academic of the Year" in the 2017 Europia Women's Awards, partially because of her work with the research network. You can read more about the award here:

Members of the network hosted a workshop at the Methods Fair at the University of Manchester in November 2015. A video clip of the workshop is here

Contact for further information or to RSVP for a meeting

Susanne Martikke, 0161 277 1031,

For other research-related news and information, please go to

Names of Members, Roles and Affiliation
Meeting Notes and Presentations

Mini Evaluation of the Greater Manchester Third Sector Research Network.doc93.5 KB