We need more research, say Third Sector Online readers

Nearly four out of five readers think the voluntary sector needs its own research institute.

Seventy-seven per cent of people who took part in last week's poll said ‘yes' to the question "Does the voluntary sector need an independent research body similar to the Institute of Fiscal Studies?" Twenty-three per cent voted ‘no'.

This week's poll question asks "Is the Fundraising Standards Board a credible watchdog?". To vote, go to the Third Sector Online homepage.

Third Sector reported last week that the FSB, which now has over 500 members, has had fewer than 100 complaints since its launch last February. Of those, only a "small number" have so far been referred to the FSB's secretariat or board, according to chief executive Jon Scourse. Complaints are first referred to the relevant charity.

Scourse also said the FSB would not be publishing any adjudication reports until it had a batch of them, for fear of stigmatising the first charity found in breach of the codes.

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