Our research and reports aim to share the learning from our programmes and the work we do in local communities, providing insight for practitioners and policy-makers who share our goals.

Many of our reports come directly from the learning generated by our projects and programmes. We also commission and carry out original research to add to the evidence base both for our work and to share with policy makers in a position to change things for the better.

You can view our latest reports below or view all of our reports by topic.

We use policy and research to support our three core aims:

  • Improving people’s prospects
  • Creating better places
  • Promoting greener living and working

Recent reports

Growing Green Careers Report

Green jobs have the potential to provide long-term employment to thousands of people in the UK as well as to create healthier, happier, and greener communities for us all. Over the past 40 years, Groundwork has helped unemployed people of all ages to access green jobs and we’re ready to do even more in response to the climate and nature emergency.

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    Communities Taking Action

    As we navigate uncertain times, harnessing the assets of passion, pride and knowledge that already exists in local areas – and investing in the people and groups that can drive change – will help ensure that no area is ‘left behind’ when it comes to having strong and resilient communities. Graham Duxbury, September 2019 This […]

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    What’s a working life worth?

    For those who witness at first hand the devastating and demoralising effects of long-term worklessness, talk of efficiency and economics is at best immaterial and at worst insulting. For them, as it should be for all of us, one life wasted is one too many. Graham Duxbury & Eoin Heffernan, September 2015 Between 2010 and […]

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    Young Green Leaders

    We must of course see through the mist of nostalgia and recognise that young people’s lives and priorities are very different now than they were even 20 years ago. However, what hasn’t changed is the desire of young people to connect with each other and make their presence felt in their community. Graham Duxbury, January […]

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View by topic

Green jobs

To create a more sustainable future and improve prospects for everyone, all jobs should be green jobs.

Climate and nature

Community action on tackling the climate and nature emergencies.

Health and wellbeing

Supporting good health in our communities.

Communities in control

How and why we should be putting communities in control of their future.

Supporting young people

Reports on youth participation, youth work and young people’s education and employment.