In the context of scarce resources and tighter budgets, increasingly policy makers and funders want to see the evidence base for time banking. Whilst there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence and stories demonstrating beneficial outcomes for individuals, communities, public services and society, the research evidence can be hard to locate.
This page makes this process easier by organising current research evidence on timebanking into themed sections. Simply click on your area of interest for more information and links to summaries and copies of research reports.
A general comment about the evidence: there is a recognised lack of robust evaluations of timebanking. However, there is a growing interest in research including an established research network for academics, and the Economic and Social Research Council is currently funding three PhD students. Check the Research Blog for news of recent research reports.