ePrints Repository

Micro-Mapping: what lies beneath the third sector radar?

Soteri-Proctor, Andri and Alcock, Pete (2012) Micro-Mapping: what lies beneath the third sector radar? Voluntary Sector Review, 3 (3). ISSN 2040-8056

PDF (557Kb)Submitted Version

URL of Published Version: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/vsr/2012/00000003/00000003/art00005

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1332/204080512X658072

Academic and policy discussion of the third sector has increasingly come to recognise the importance of locating and understanding the range of organised activity that is not captured by sources dependent upon existing registration and member lists of organisations – sometimes referred to as ‘below-the-radar’ activity. Research to identify such organised activity requires the development and implementation of innovative methods to search beneath the radar and map what is found. This article reports on research carried out using a ‘micro-mapping’ approach in two urban locations in England. This revealed a wide range of organisations that had not been captured by more traditional methods and found that they were engaged in a range of activities providing distinctive services and supports within their local communities. The research also revealed the critical role played by community bricoleurs and community hubs in supporting and sustaining many of these organisations. We conclude that this has important implications for research (in developing a new methodology for micro-mapping) and for policy (in revealing the range and structure of ‘below-the-radar’ activity).

Type of Work:Article
Date:November 2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Third Sector Research Centre

Alcock P.A (2010) ‘A Strategic Unity: Defining the Third Sector in the UK’, Voluntary Sector Review, 1 (1): 5-24.

Billis, D. (2010) ‘Towards a Theory of Hybrid Organisations’, in D. Billis (ed.) Hybrid Organisations and
the Third Sector: Challenges for Practice, Theory and Policy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cabinet Office (2010) Building the Big Society, London: Cabinet Office.

Clark, J. Kane, D., Wilding, K and Wilton, J. (2010) UK Civil Society Almanac 2010, London: National Council for Voluntary Organisations April 2010.

Clifford, D. and Backus, P. (2010) Are big charities becoming increasingly dominant? TSRC Working Paper 39, Birmingham: Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.

CLES (2009) The importance of community anchor organisations to empowerment issues in the North West, Manchester: CLES for North West Together We Can

Clifford, D. (2011) Voluntary sector organisations working at the neighbourhood level in England: patterns by local area deprivation, TSRC Working Paper 65, Birmingham: Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.

Di Dominico, M. L., Haugh, H. and Tracey, P. (2010) ‘Social Bricolage: Theorizing Social Value Creation in Social Enterprises’ Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 34 (4): 681-703.

GMCVO (2008) Wake Up Saddleworth, Manchester: Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisations

Evers, A. and Laville, J. L. (eds) (2004) The Third Sector in Europe, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Evers, A. (2010) ‘Observations on incivility: blind spots in third sector research and
policy’, Voluntary Sector Review, 1 (1): 113–117.

Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute (2010) ‘Local Surveys of unregistered TSOs: Ipsos MORI Summary Report’, London: Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute

Lewis, G. (2001) Mapping the contribution of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Yorkshire and the Humber. Yorkshire and Humber: Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Forum.

Marshall, T. F. (1997) Local Voluntary Activity Surveys (LOVAS): Research Manual LOVAS Paper 1, Home Office, Research and Statistics Directorate, September 1997. Found in the national archives:

Marshall, T. F., Woodburn, S. and Miller J. (1997) Comparing the areas: LOVAS sweep 1. Variations in size and sector, volunteering, staff and incomes LOVAS Paper 3, Home Office, Research & Statsitics Directorate, September 1997. Found in the national archives:

McCabe, A. and Phillimore, J (2009) Exploring below the radar: issues of theme and focus TSRC Working Paper 8: Birmingham: Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.

Mohan, J., Kane, D., Branson,J., Owles F. (2010) ‘Beyond ‘flat-earth’ maps of the third sector’. Report to the Northern Rock Foundation

Mohan, J., Barnard, S., Branson J., and Kane, D. (2011) Entering the lists: what can be learned from local listings of third sector organisations? Report to the Northern Rock Foundation

Pharoah, C., and Sieberer, N. (2003) Review of local studies of the voluntary and community sectors unpublished report

Soteri, A. (2002). Funding in London women's organisations. London: Centre for Institutional Studies, University of East London.

Staetsky, L. & Mohan, J. (2011). Individual voluntary participation in the United Kingdom: an overview of survey information. TSRC Working Paper 6.

Voice4Change (2007) Third Sector Mapping Project: bridge the gap, London: Voice4Change.

Keywords:micro-mapping, below-radar groups, self-organised activity, third sector
Subjects:H Social Sciences (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Policy Press
ID Code:1406
Local Holdings:
Export Reference As : ASCII + BibTeX + Dublin Core + EndNote + HTML + METS + MODS + OpenURL Object + Reference Manager + Refer + RefWorks
Share this item :
QR Code for this page

Repository Staff Only: item control page