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“We do good things, don’t we?"

In the blog post, Dr Francesca Calo reflects upon a study that she carried out with colleagues at Glasgow Caledonian University. The team assessed the potential of three methodological approaches common in health evaluation – a systematic review, realist evaluation and quasi-experimental investigation.

17th February 2021

New year and the unknown: leading in uncertainty

Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, explores the opportunities and challenges found in collaboration, particularly during uncertain times. Is partner collaboration the ideal way to pool limited resources or can the process end up causing more issues?

13th January 2021

Reading in lockdown: The future of charity?

'It is perhaps time to re-visit the very notion of charity and the acts and organisational forms and practices that proceed from that notion'. Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, prompts readers to reflect on the role of charity in an increasingly complex and unequal society.

3rd November 2020

Reading during lockdown: Insights from Global Ethnography

'In times of a global pandemic, we are constrained to live in confined local spaces instead of travelling across the globe. But what does ‘global’ mean?' Carolin Decker-Lange, a Senior Lecturer in Management in The Open University Business School explores this question.

12th August 2020

COVID-19 and facilitated engagement online

Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, reflects on the challenges and opportunities COVID-19 has presented for online, facilitated engagement. Fidele uses the example of local Leadership Learning Clubs to demonstrate the positive outcomes of moving facilitation to online. 

14th July 2020

Refugee Week 2020

Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, reflects on Refugee Week 2020, marked during the COVID-19 pandemic and contextualised by the Black Lives Matter Social Movement.

6th July 2020

Navigating access to the boardroom: experiences from my PhD journey

Lindsay Wilson Jones is a PhD student in the Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University. In this blog, she discusses her research and outlines some of the key challenges she has faced when collecting data, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

1st July 2020

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week 2020

This week, we are marking the National Volunteers’ Week, a timely reminder of the difference millions of volunteers make in the daily lives of many. In this post blog, Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, explores why we should celebrate volunteering.

2nd June 2020

Interview with Dr Peta Wilkinson

In this testimonial, Dr Peta Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Willen Hospice and alumna of The Open University, discusses the benefits gained from her involvement as a participant in the pilot CVSL Leadership Learning Club, co-hosted with MK Community Foundation and Community Action MK.

28th April 2020


New research suggests that the voluntary sector may lose £4 billion of funding during the current crisis. Social media campaigns with the hashtags #EveryDayCounts and #NeverMoreNeeded are highlighting the real cost if this funding gap is not urgently addressed.

24th April 2020