SPICE evaluation report

Time credit organisation SPICE has recently been subject to an independent evaluation, you can find the results of the evaluation on their website: http://www.justaddspice.org/news/103-making-an-impact-spice-launches-evaluation-report.html


Research network members presenting at Annual Social Policy Association Conference 2014

Dr Lee Gregory, Ruth Naughton-Doe and Juliette Wilson will be presenting papers at the conference in Sheffield this July.

For details on how to attend, or for papers/abstracts, see this link

Evaluations of time banks published in 2014

Two excellent evaluations of timebanks have been published this year.

Dr Burgess conducted an evaluation of timebanks using four case studies in Cambridgeshire, and found that whilst there was qualitative evidence of soft outcomes, it was very hard to evidence cost-effectiveness, or attribute even small quantitative outcomes to the timebank activity itself. The study has an interesting discussion of timebanking implementation. The report is available at the link below:

Burgess, G. (2014) Evaluation of the Cambridgeshire Timebanks. Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research: Cambridge.

Researchers at the University of York have conducted a three year longitudinal study following a cohort of members at one of the first timebanks to be set up in the UK solely for homeless people. The report found many positive outcomes, and has information about achieving replication. The report is available at the link below:

Betherton, J. and Pleace, N. (2014) An Evaluation of the Broadway Skills Exchange Timebank, Centre of Housing Policy, University of York: York.

Widening Choices for Older People with High Support Needs

The project Widening Choices for Older People with High Support Needs aimed to build a picture of the support models that exist, which are based on positive mutual relationships and older people’s active contribution. The models covered by the study range from Shared Lives and Time Banks, to informal supportive arrangements. They can offer good outcomes for older people, as well as value for money. The study was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and undertaken by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and Community Catalysts (CC). A summary of findings and the full project report can be viewed here

This project was carried out by T4R member Neil Shashoua

New PhD thesis: Improving health through participation: time banks as a site for co-production

Very pleased to announce Dr Lee Gregory has released his PhD thesis ‘Improving health through participation: time banks as a site for co-production.’

Check it out here: 



News from Time4Research

Lots of exciting news from the research network!

Meeting in 2013

Our membership is steadily growing and it is time to meet again to discuss current research, build collaborative relationships and develop a research agenda. The network is waiting on the outcome of an ESRC Seminar Series bid which seeks to bring together the expanded network later this year. If the bid is successful, there will be a series of 6 events to develop the network. If the bid is unsuccessful, we will still meet but instead plan a Time Bank Research Network mini-conference at the end of 2013. Watch this space!


The 2cnd International Conference on Complementary Currency systems is taking place in the Hague in June 19-23. There is a very exciting program of academics from all  over the world. Registration costs 200 Euros and more details can be found here 

Lee Gregory is presenting a paper ‘Co-option, Resilience or Resistance? Lessons for Community Currency Systems from the UK development of Time Banking’ and Ruth Naughton-Doe is presenting  ‘Time to get realistic: unmasking the myths to reveal the reality of time banking practice in England’.

New research papers

Emma McGuirk from the University of Otago, New Zealand has had a paper published in the Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. The title is Studying Time Banking: Exploring Participatory Action Research in Aotearoa New Zealand. The paper discusses appropriate methods for researching time banks and is  available here.

World Universities Network funds international comparative work

Ruth Naughton-Doe from the University of Bristol was awarded 3 months funding from the World Universities Network to explore time banking in New Zealand. Ruth is currently in the final year of her PhD which is evaluating time banking in the UK. The aim of the award is to explore similarities and differences between time banks in the UK and New Zealand, and to explore how national context interacts with the time banking concept to produce varieties of practice. Ruth has also been meeting with New Zealand time bank research network members Emma McGuirk and Lucie Ozanne to expand time bank research network links internationally.


If you have any other items of news, please do get in touch with Ruth Naughton-Doe at ruth.naughton-doe@bristol.ac.uk

New PhD thesis and academic paper on time banking

There are two new pieces of work on time banking to report. First, congratulations to Dr Julia Panther, who has recently completed her PhD, which looks at a time bank in the North of England:

’It ain’t what you do (It’s the way that you do it)’: Reciprocity, co-operation and spheres of exchange in two community currency systems in the North of England.

It is available to read here

Second, Jason Glynos and Ewen Speed have had an excellent paper published in Critical Policy Studies.

Varieties of co-production in public services: time banks in a UK health policy context

Its is available to read here





Equal Time, Equal Value

 A recently published book by members of the network is now available: Equal Time, Equal Value: Community Currencies and Time Banking in the US by Ed Collom, Judith N. Lasker and Corinne Kynacoli.

A flyer for the book can be found here: Ashgate flyer

The slides from a presentation given by the authors to the American Sociological Association can be accessed from here: ASAETEV

Conference Presentations Update (part two)

The second conference involving a symposium of network members was at this years Social Policy Association conference held in York.

Time Banking with young people: co-producing in institutions? [Olivia Pearson SPA 2012]

Olivia Pearson, PhD Candidate Cardiff University School for Social Sciences

Time Banking: An example of not evidenced-based practice  [SPA 2012 RND]

Ruth Naughton-Doe, PhD Candidate, University of Bristol School for Policy Studies

Co-producing the Big Society? Exploring the practical and theoretical potentials of time banking [Co-producing the Big Society – Lee Gregory]

Lee Gregory, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University School for Social Sciences

Conference Presentations Update [part one]

So far 2012 has seen two symposiums involving Network members. Here you can find details of the first of these, the British Society of Gerontology, National Conference, July 2012


Care4Care – Can a Rediscovery of Mutualism Help a [Social Care System] Under The Hammer? [Care4Care – Can a Rediscovery of Mutualism Help[1]]

Keith Sumner, Associate Professor School of Health Sciences & Social Care, Brunel University


Time Banking and Older People: A review of the evidence and preliminary findings from a PhD study [BSG 2012 RND]

Ruth Naughton-Doe, PhD Candidate University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies


Japan’s mutual help networks: Fureai Kippu A model for the ‘Big Society’ with an ageing population? [Mayumi BSG] a paper based on the presentation can also be accessed from here

Dr Mayumi Hayashi, King’s College London