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After a long gestation period, Social Value Lab is working in partnership with the Life Changes Trust over the next 18 months to test our Research for Change programme at scale.

As part of our social mission, we’re working to bring affordable, quality assured research to small charities and social enterprises who otherwise can’t afford it. No frills, no fuss, just good quality, change-making research carried out for all the right reasons.

Research for Change keeps it simple.

We assess the research needs of an organisation and then broker free or affordable solutions sourced from our pool of research students, early career researchers, as well experienced researchers with time on their hands. This might involve short-term assignments or placements. These assignments are carefully specified and structured, with ongoing mentoring, training and quality control built in.

We’re working to create a win-win situation for the non-profit organisations and researchers that participate:

  • For organisations, Research for Change offers access to much needed research capabilities and capacity … helping to gather the evidence you need to make your case, extend influence, and improve or sustain your work.
  • For researchers, Research for Change offers a foot up on the career ladder … an opportunity to develop your track record, make new connections in the third sector, and build a long-term career conducting research that matters.

Please note that at present support is only available to organisations funded by the Life Changes Trust.

If you are leaving university or at an early stage in your career and would like to join our research pool, just contact Martin McKee, Research for Change Co-ordinator at

If you are a grant-making trust, foundation or other funder interested in extending research support to grantees, you can contact Jonathan Coburn to discuss partnership opportunities-


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