How to Work Effectively with the Third Sector


This report, from the Institute for Local Governance at Durham University, summarises the main conclusions drawn from two inter-related projects with public sector bodies that were undertaken between 2015 and 2017 in North East England.

The purpose of these projects, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, was to explore the dynamics of relationships between the public sector (local government and health authorities) and the third sector. The principal focus has been to explore how public-sector ‘narratives’ about the strengths and weaknesses of the third sector translate into strategic planning, collaborative working and financial investment in the third sector.