School of Psychology Engagement & impact

Cardiff University research on values changes focus of charitable campaigns

Aided by research from Cardiff University, professionals in the third sector have changed the key messages of their campaigns. In this research it was shown that people were more likely to be eco-friendly when campaigns appealed to their concern for the welfare of others, rather than financial savings. The findings have stimulated ongoing debate among eco-campaigners and a wider range of professionals in the third sector, government, the national press and online publications. Leading international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Oxfam have formed the Common Cause initiative to improve their communication practices and this has led to changes in campaigning strategy.