The call for papers for the annual NCVO Research Conference circulated today confirms VSSN as co-organisers for the first time. As Jayne Blackborow, Event Organiser, said, “this is a unique meeting place for both researchers and users of research to discuss current research, its implications and the need for further research in the voluntary and community sector. This year, for the first time, NCVO is teaming up with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) to organise the conference.
“The 10th conference will be held at Sheffield Hallam University on 1st and 2nd September 2004 and we are now inviting paper and session proposals. We invite proposals on all areas of relevance to the voluntary sector, but would particularly welcome proposals on topics of current policy interest to the sector. These might include accountability, transparency, civil renewal, independence, the role of the sector in the delivery of public services, and the relationship between the sector and government.”