focus group on community empowerment, HalifaxDo you need to review the effectiveness of your organisation?  Do you need to be clearer on the impact you are having?  We carry out evaluations and impact assessments to provide the information you need to make informed decisions - our work is geared towards action and change.

We have carried out evaluations as well as supported organisations in the design of their own systems.  Our new method of impact assessment (designed jointly) has been used widely around the country.

Our research work involves both quantitative and qualitative methods, and our team has skills in statistical analysis, survey design, case studies, literature reviews, running focus groups and a range of other methods.

Our associates for research and evaluation includes Dr Steve Webster, a highly experienced researcher.

So get in touch to discuss what you need!

Examples of recent projects:

2015: Reviews of four lottery funded partnerships in Bradford, Leeds, Blackburn and Salford

2013: Review with colleagues of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in Bradford

2011: WEA – evaluating the Take Part Regional Champions programme in Yorkshire and the Humber.

2010: Review of the third sector in Calderdale - the report was used by the local strategic partnership as the basis of a key strategy.

2010: Community Development Foundation – providing consultancy support for the evaluation of Take Part Pathfinders in Yorkshire and Hertfordshire.

2009: Local Government Information Unit – short research project commissioned by Department of Communities and Local Government.

2009:  Community Sector Coalition – designing and piloting a new model of community leadership, jointly with Guy Farrar.  The course was rolled out nationally, funded by CapacityBuilders. Liberating Leadership was published by CSC 2009.

2008: Carried out research for NAVCA, the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action - on skills needed for effective third sector representation on LSPs. NAVCA published this as a new skills framework and used it in the design of their national training programme.  Skilling up for Stronger Voices 2008.

2008: As a researcher for the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, Steve carried out research for the Commission for the Compact to identify success factors in local compacts.

2007: Evaluation of the Park Community Initiative in Halifax. The work involved close liaison with the PCT. The report was used by the partnership to inform its strategy for the next phase of the work. The research involved interviews with 17 public and third sector service providers in the area.

2006: Impact Assessment – with Chris Church, designed and piloted an innovative approach to impact assessment, called Change Check, published by bassac.

2000: Research project in Bradford to develop a new method to assess the baseline of community capacity in neighbourhoods. Led to Assessing Community Strengths, published by the Community Development Foundation in 2002.

We can help you and your organisation in a variety of ways.

Contact us to discuss what you need on 0113 225 4671 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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