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Factors Holding Back Small Third Sector Organizations' Engagement with the Local Public Sector

Thompson, P and Williams, R and Kwong, CCY (2017) 'Factors Holding Back Small Third Sector Organizations' Engagement with the Local Public Sector.' Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 27 (4). 513 - 531. ISSN 1048-6682

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Abstract

In many developed countries there has been a shift from grants to contracts as a source of local public sector funding of the third sector. Smaller third sector organizations may struggle to compete for this funding due to the complex process of accessing this finance and conveying their capabilities to funding providers. This study utilizes data from the UK to determine what factors increase these administrative and communication barriers for smaller organizations. Resources in terms of income and volunteers effect perceptions of the process of obtaining funding. A solution may be standardization of evaluation and monitoring, but this may lead to isomorphism and loss of variety of provision. Better two way communication may allow local authorities retain variety in public service provision through improved knowledge of their partners.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: United Kingdom; finance; administrative burdens; impact assessment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group
Depositing User: Caleb Kwong
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 14:30
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18425

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