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Research strategy

The Research strategy 2020-2023 is the Commission’s second research strategy and is designed to evidence the Commission’s work to fulfill its statutory objectives.

The strategy is primarily focused on conducting an extensive piece of research into the levels of public trust and confidence in charities. This research, which will be carried out by an independent research company, will also attempt to identify what drives and impacts the public’s trust and confidence. The secondary focus of the strategy is on the internal analysis of data collected and held by the Commission. As part of the strategy we also intend to expand the availability of this data to other stakeholders, third party researchers and the general public.

 Research strategy 2020-2023 has six research objectives:

  1. To gauge levels and drivers of public trust and confidence in charities, and in the Commission as the independent regulator of charities, in Northern Ireland.
  2. To gauge awareness and understanding of the public benefit requirement.
  3. To gauge the use of data collected by the Commission by a wide range of stakeholders.
  4. To monitor the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the charity sector in Northern Ireland.
  5. To identify emerging trends and patterns within the charity sector, particularly in terms of risks to charities.
  6. To monitor engagement with the charity sector to identify potential improvements to the effective and efficient delivery of services to them.

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