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Introduction to the State of the Sector Research

State of the Sector is a partnership piece of research led by 10GM working alongside GMCVO, Bury VCFA, Stockport Council, Trafford Council and Wigan Council

10GM is a joint venture to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester. The current 10GM partners are Action Together, Bolton CVS, Salford CVS and Macc, with associates in other boroughs. We the 10GM partners are local infrastructure organisations operating strategically and collaboratively across the geographic footprint of Greater Manchester. Our shared purpose is to champion local voluntary and community action and social enterprise in all boroughs across the city-region. This is done to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s people and its communities.

We have commissioned Salford University as our research partners to undertake the analysis and reporting of the State of the Sector Survey on our behalf. The research will not just enable us to gain a picture into every local authority area, but will also apply to Greater Manchester as a whole,  in the light of our unique status as a devolved city region.

Your consent to participate

Before starting, we’d like to ensure that you are happy to take part in this research. You can find out more about the survey in the Participant Information Sheet, which you can download here, and the Salford CVS State of the Sector privacy notice.

What we do with your Data

We will guide you through a set of questions. Your answers will be kept securely in the strictest confidence in accordance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). You are free to stop at any point in the survey without giving a reason, you may also save the survey at any time and return when you wish.

After completing this survey your personal data will be removed and the responses received are anonymised and added together to produce the evidence for the reports. In order to provide further insight to the sector, your statistical information/responses may be linked to information your organisation has given previously to the State of the Sector Survey or similar research conducted by ourselves, but neither you or your organisation can be identified from any reports or resources produced.

In addition to the reports, we will be producing an Open Data Release. The data for this is cleaned and withheld where necessary so that any release is purely statistical and no individuals or organisations can be identified from it.

The data gathered will be written up into an accessible report available online and may also be used for academic purposes including peer-reviewed journal articles, conferences and teaching. All data is anonymised.  

Information and concerns  

If you would like more information or have a concern about any aspect of this study, in the first instance you should refer to the State of the Sector privacy notice or contact – marie.wilson@salfordcvs.co.uk. You can also speak to a researcher at the University of Salford: Dr Michelle Howarth m.l.howarth2@salford.ac.uk .   If the issue still cannot be resolved, you can contact the Chair of the Health Research Ethics Panel at the University of Salford, Prof Andrew Clark a.clark@salford.ac.uk .  

I understand what participation entails, how my data will be collected, stored and used, and that my identity will be anonymised in any reports and publications arising from the research. Required