Research Policy

Research and policy


We are the national reference point for the research, known as Labour Market Intelligence, on the people who work and volunteer in voluntary organisations and the skills that they need.


We work strategically with national organisations including government, skills bodies and other voluntary sector organisations to influence national skills policy and demonstrate why skills matter to our sector.


We track and publish the latest policy developments that affect skills.

National Skills Framework

Download the National Skills Framework for the voluntary sector.

Skills reading list

Extensive, fully searchable list of learning and skills publications.

Policy briefings

Regular policy news updates on skills and the voluntary sector.

UK Civil Society Almanac: Workforce

Research setting out the characteristics of the voluntary sector’s staff, volunteers and trustees.