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SEARCH Conference welcomes special guest speakers

Liverpool City Region's first Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Everton Football Club’s CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, will speak at a public event hosted by Liverpool Hope.

The University’s research centre dedicated to Socio-Economic and Applied Research for Change (SEARCH), will host Making an Impact - Valuing the Social and Economic worth of the Voluntary and Community Sector

Professor Fred Coalter, visiting Professor of Sports Policy at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Leeds Beckett University, will join Professor Barrett-Baxendale and Steve Rotheram to discuss how the Third Sector is increasingly being asked to show impact in tangible and simplistic ways.

Continued reduction in public service funding has seen the growth of alternative provision through the voluntary and community sector. Needs-based ad hoc approaches have, in some cases, materialised into well-developed and professionally managed organisational structures. Coalitions, collaborations and partnerships have emerged involving different community organisations, local or national government departments and private companies. Increasing competition and unequal development has meant some have prospered, while many have fallen by the wayside.

Reasons for success and failure are many and varied but much may have to do with an increasing need to monitor and evaluate the impact of their work. This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss the ways in which voluntary and community organisations have an impact on their beneficiaries and stakeholders, and how such an impact is defined, demonstrated and disseminated.