Publications

Access and download The Wheel's reports and publications, including factsheets and special briefings.

Contents:

  1. Research Reports

  2. Social Enterprise

  3. Good Practice Resources: Funding & Finance

  4. Good Practice Resources: Governance, Risk and Management

  5. Good Practice Resources: Sustainability

  6. Pay & Benefit Survey Reports

  7. Briefings & Factsheets
     

See also: Annual Reports


Research Reports

We publish a range of research and analysis reports that help policy-makers, academics, funders, the media and people in the voluntary sector. These reports serve to increase understanding about how the sector works, how impact and change happens and how active citizenship lies at the root of everything the sector is and stands for.

We offer these freely in the public domain and welcome your feedback.

Powering Civil Society

Examines the role of the community and voluntary sector as a vehicle for active citizenship. Published in 2018.

(One of three ‘Enabling Citizens’ publications, in association with the Carnegie (UK) Trust as part of the Peoples Conversations project 2015 to date.)

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Money Matters

Examines the economic barriers to active citizenship and how to over-come them. Published in 2018.

(One of three ‘Enabling Citizens’ publications, in association with the Carnegie (UK) Trust as part of the Peoples Conversations project 2015 to date.)

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A Two-Way Street

Explores the ‘missing piece’ in the citizen-participation narrative, namely the role of the public servant. Published in 2018.

(One of three ‘Enabling Citizens’ publications, in association with the Carnegie (UK) Trust as part of the Peoples Conversations project 2015 to date.)

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Summary of ‘Enabling Citizens’ Reports

This summary document provides a 4-page overview of each of the detailed ‘Enabling Citizens’ reports. Published in 2018.

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Let's Commission for Communities

Valuing the community and voluntary approach to human, social and community services. Published in 2016.

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Let's Commission for Communities - Executive Summary

An executive summary of the ‘Let’s Commission for Communities’ report. Published in 2016.

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Shaping Europe’s Future: Civil Society and the European Parliament

This report represents the culmination of a 2-year project that aimed to bring the European dimension alive in our national discourse and to encourage and enable greater engagement between citizens and the European Parliament. Published in 2018.

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A Portrait of Ireland’s Nonprofit Sector

This report provided badly needed information about the scale and scope of Ireland’s nonprofit sector. For current data on Ireland’s nonprofit sector see: www.charityregulator.ie and www.benefacts.ie

Published in 2014.  

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Citizens Rising

Explores how to make Ireland a place that involves people more. (The final report of the Peoples Conversation project, in association with Carnegie (UK) Trust). 2015.

Published in 2015.

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Social Enterprise

Since 2009 we have worked to advance policies which support social enterprise in Ireland. As we earn a significant portion of our own organisational funding through trading, The Wheel can also be understood as a social enterprise, as well as a charity. Consequently, we understand and support those charities and nonprofits, which like us in The Wheel, are adopting social enterprise methods to achieve their organisation's impact.

In our representative work in this area, we work as one of the founding partners of a coalition of 12 organisations and key stakeholders, called the Social Enterprise Taskforce (SETF). Formed in 2009 this coalition has provided an effective voice promoting the development of Social Enterprise in Ireland.  

These publications, which we have published through the SETF,  help to aid understanding for and appreciation of social enterprise in Ireland.

Unlocking the Potential of Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

This is the submission made by the SETF to Forfás on the potential of social enterprise in Ireland for jobs creation. Published in 2012.

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SETF Annual Report


This publication describes the work done by The Wheel (and others) as part of the SETF.. Published 2012.

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Good Practice Resources: Funding and Finances

A series of good practice guides and reports, covering aspects of funding your organisation, as well as managing your finances.

Sustainable Communities Handbook

A funding handbook for community-led groups, produced in partnership with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Published in 2016.

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Financing Your Future

The Wheel's guide to the Irish fundraising landscape, providing a wealth of information about the latest and most innovative methods of income generation. Published in 2015.

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Accessing EU Funds – 2015 to 2020

An overview of the EU funding landscape and what Irish nonprofits can do to maximise their chances of accessing EU funding programmes. Published in 2015.

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Good Practice Resource: Governance, Risk and Management

A series of good practice guides providing an in-depth examination of how to effectively govern your organisation, how to analyse and manage risk for your nonprofit, as well as a wide array of management-related issues and concerns.

Please note the publication date for each of the following guides.  Note that some information contained in the older guides - particularly in relation to regulation and legal requirements - may be out of date. 

However, we believe that the core advice is as relevant as ever in this era of increased transparency, governance and regulation, and these publications continue to be informative and useful resources for managing our organisations.

GDPR Guide

A Guide to General Data Protection Regulation from The Wheel. 

Published in 2018.

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Sustainable Communities Governance Handbook

Produced in partnership with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Published in 2016.

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Getting to Grips With Governance

A Governance Good Practice Guide. 

Published in 2013.

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Reducing the Risk

A Risk Management Good Practice Guide. Published in 2013.

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Collaborate to Innovate

A Collaboration Good Practice Guide. Published in 2012.

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Knowing and Showing Your Impacts & Outcomes

An Impact & Outcomes Good Practice Guide. Published in 2012.

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Workplaces that Work

A Human Resources (HR) Good Practice Guide. Published in 2010.

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Solid Foundations

An Introductory Good Practice Guide from The Wheel. Published in 2012.

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Good Practice Resources: Sustainability

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Sustainable Toolkit

We have developed an online toolkit to support local communities across Ireland to awaken awareness, deepen understanding and activate participation in sustainable development with a view to living better by using less.

Visit www.sustainabletoolkit.ie now.


Pay & Benefit Surveys

Produced by the Community Foundation for Ireland, the following survey reports aim to assist those seeking to have a reference point for pay and benefits within the sector.

3rd Pay & Benefits Survey

The 3rd edition of the National Guide to Pay and Benefits in Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations in Ireland, published in 2017.

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2nd Pay & Benefits Survey

The 2nd edition of the National Guide to Pay and Benefits in Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations in Ireland, published in 2015.

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Read also this briefing note comparing 2017 and 2015 reports.

1st Pay & Benefits Survey

The 1st edition of the survey was launched in 2008 by The Wheel. 

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Briefings & Factsheets

Download any of these resources which are created to bring you practical advice and briefings on specific focused areas that many of our members have questions on.

Note that the Charity Regulator’s website has an ever-increasing number of guidance notes and advice related to running charities which you should read and share among relevant board or staff members.