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State of the Sector 2021 Survey

Thank you for your time to complete this State of the Sector 2021 survey.

Please note that the survey must be completed and submitted in one sitting. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to save a partly-completed survey to return to later. We estimate that it will take most groups/organisations approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, depending on the detail you wish to provide. Most questions offer a set of options to choose from (multiple choice). A red asterisk indicates when an answer is required. If you miss one of these questions, you will be prompted when you attempt to continue to the next page.

To assist you, this pdf document is available to download so that you can preview all of the survey questions. You may wish to consider and prepare your answers first, offline. Please then return to this online survey page to enter your answers and submit your response at a time you won't be interrupted.

If you're unable to complete online, or would like further support to complete the survey (e.g. to arrange an interview by telephone instead), please call NCVS on 07564 041495. This is a dedicated phone number for State of the Sector enquiries. You may need to leave a message, including your organisation/group name and your contact details, and NCVS Development Officer, Julie Bowler, will return your call. Alternatively, you can email ncvs@nottinghamcvs.co.uk.

You can read more background here if you are unsure why you have been asked to participate.

The survey will remain open until Thursday 30 September 2021.


The survey starts here:

There are four sections/pages to the survey. This page (questions 1 to 16), focuses on your organisation's size and structure.

About your group / organisation

No organisation names will be visible in our final report. This information remains confidential to NCVS. Data will be analysed and reported on anonymously.
No individual names or contact details will be visible in our final report. This information remains confidential to NCVS. Data will be analysed and reported on anonymously. We ask this so that NCVS staff can clarify details, if necessary, and follow up with you if you choose to offer your organisation as a case study (at the end of the survey).
e.g. please state your job title/role within the organisation, or whether you are a volunteer, trustee / committee member
Where possible, please provide your direct contact details as the person completing the survey, rather than listing generic organisation details. This information remains confidential to NCVS. Data will be analysed and reported on anonymously. We ask this so that NCVS staff can clarify details, if necessary, and follow up with you if you choose to offer your organisation as a case study (at the end of the survey).
Please provide the best estimate of when your group first formed.
The named areas below are Nottingham city electoral ward areas. Grant funding for VCS groups in the city (previously based around ward areas) is currently under review. You can help this process by selecting individual ward areas where your services primarily take place. If your service provision is city-wide, you may select 'All City ward areas' rather than ticking multiple ward areas. However, we request you use this option only if your services really are open to and regularly accessed by residents from anywhere in the city.
If you aren't operating in any areas of Nottingham city currently, please explain your organisation's circumstances.
We are asking about the client groups receiving the majority of your organisation's focus, especially if you are set up to support specific communities. If you don't have a specialist focus and work across multiple client groups, select the 'Any client group' option.
Please provide your best estimate if you don't have fully audited accounts. Include all income – grants, trading, contracts, donations etc.
Include all paid staff as a total number of individuals, irrespective of whether Full time or Part time. We have chosen the size bandings to match those used for different tax reporting requirements.
Please include Trustees and Committee members in your total count of volunteers. This is a free text answer, so you can choose to describe the different types (and numbers) of volunteers involved in your organisation, if you prefer. You can expand the size of the box below by dragging the bottom border.

Thank you for providing background data on your group / organisation. Please click the link below to continue to the next page. The next section asks how your organisation's services have changed in the last two years (or since you formed if you are a new group).