The Office
St Mary's Crescent
Uttoxeter
Staffordshire
ST14 7BH


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Recent Projects

  2010-12

Evaluation of G:XL, a BASIS-funded project to improve support for the children's and young people's voluntary sector across the West Midlands.

  2010

Monitoring and evaluation training for Groundwork East Midlands.

   

Evaluation of national advocacy support project for Beth Johnson Foundation, with Mercian Research Associates

   

Researching dementia services for Staffordshire LINk, with Mercian Research Associates

   

Researching and drafting family support strategy for Staffordshire County Council

   

Facilitating a managers' awayday for High Peak Community Housing

   

Training Equality Champions in completing Equalities Impact Assessments for Stafford Borough Council

   

Feasibility study and recommendations about successor activity for a BASIS-funded project run in partnership by three CVSs in Burton-on-Trent, Lichfield and Tamworth.

  2009-10

Research into why some of the poorest families don't engage with services, for Staffordshire's 0-7 Partnership Project, with Mercian Research Associates.

   

Service mapping and community consultation for the extended schools service in North Dudley

  2009

Impact evaluation of lottery-funded volunteering project at Burley Lodge Community Centre in Leeds.

   

Researching and writing a publication on commissioning for smaller VCS organisations, for Kindle (the community sector partnership for children and young people).

   

Research into the range and impact of services offering Family Support and Parental Outreach services in Phase 1, 2 and 3 Children's Centres in Staffordshire, for Staffordshire County Council, with Mercian Research Associates.

   

Research into childcare information sources for parents and carers of BME origin and/or with children who have a special need or disability, for Staffordshire County Council, with Mercian Research Associates.

  2008-9

Support for extended school cluster consultations in Dudley

   

Equalities impact assessment for Stafford Borough Council, with Mercian Research Associates

  2008

Researching the approach of charities to environmental responsibility for the Charity Commission

   

Teaching evaluation methods to postgraduate students at Staffordshire University

   

Facilitation for Halton Neighbourhood Management Partnership

   

Teaching qualitative research methods to public health professionals, Centre for Strategic Health Studies, Damascus, Syria

   

Facilitation and consultancy support for G:Up, a regional network of VCS children's, young people's and play services in the West Midlands

   

Research and consultancy support for the Community Sector Partnership for Children and Young People, and consultancy support for the Community Matters national youth programme

  2007-8

Providing research and evaluation methods training for children's centre managers in Dudley

   

Support for children's centres consultation and development in Dudley

  2007

Support for children's centres implementation in Staffordshire

   

Research into childminding for Staffordshire County Council's Early Years Unit, with Mercian Research Associates

  2006-7

Equalities impact assessment for Staffordshire County Council's Early Years Unit, with Mercian Research Associates

   

Evaluation of Weston Spirit Staffordshire

  2006

Consultancy support for the Children's Workforce Development Council, helping CWDC to establish its own research programme

   

Facilitation of action planning with West Midlands Voluntary Youth Sector Forum

   

Desk research into models of care for Task Group Four of the Government's Options for Excellence Review Board

  2005-6

Consultative evaluation for Bushbury Children's Centre in Wolverhampton, using photo-elicitation - click to download photo essay (PDF, 19Mb).

   

Consultant to Children's Workforce Development Council working with Tameside, Stockport, Manchester, St Helens, Herefordshire and Nottingham

   

Evaluation of Change Up project for Growing Up in the West Midlands

  2005

Researching Voluntary Sector Complaints Procedures for the Charity Commission

   

Working on toolkit for children's centres planning groups, for Dudley Early Years Unit

 

Facilitating staff awayday for Sure Start 4 U, Stoke on Trent

  2004-5

Consultancy support for Staffordshire Early Years Unit in their preparation for children's centres

 

Consultancy support for Dudley Early Years Unit in their preparation for children's centres

   

Research and development of the voluntary and community sector in Walsall, for Walsall Voluntary Action and Walsall Community Empowerment Network, with Mercian Research Associates

  2004

Training for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in commissioning consultancy

 

Consultancy support to Home-Start UK's senior staff team for strategic and business planning at national level

 

Research into need and provision of accommodation for people with substance misuse problems in Staffordshire, for Staffordshire Drug Action Team and Staffordshire Supporting People (Click here to download a copy of the report.)

   

Researching the World Wide Web for documents relating to public participation in the European Union, for the Open University's Faculty of Social Sciences

   

Board awaydays for Sure Start Kingstanding in Birmingham, Sure Start Lye, Rufford and Wollescote in Dudley and Sure Start Darlaston in Walsall

 

Two programme managers' awaydays for Sure Start in Sandwell

 

Evaluation of partnership working, and preparation of evaluation strategy, for Sure Start Saltley/Ward End and Sure Start Kingstanding, in Birmingham, with Mercian Research Associates

 

Evaluation training for staff team, Sure Start Cannock Chase

  2003-2004

Feasibility study for the establishment of a voluntary and community sector information point in Uttoxeter, for Uttoxeter Plus, with support from Community Action and Support - East Staffordshire

 

Evaluation of partnership working and parental involvement, and preparation of evaluation strategy, for Sure Start East Birmingham and Sure Start Lye, Rufford, Wollescote, with Mercian Research Associates

  2003

Consultation in Dudley with users of substance misuse services and their carers, for DrugScope's Models of Care Review, with Mercian Research Associates and peer interviewers

 

Consultancy support to Sure Start team at Government Office for the West Midlands, supporting Sure Start partnerships across the region

 

Consultancy support for various children's services partnerships:
West Berkshire Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership
Sure Start Chatham (Kent)
Sure Start Mackworth & Morley (Derby)
Worcestershire Connexions and Youth Service Partnership
The Lock (voluntary sector young people's substance misuse service in Stoke-on-Trent)
Sure Start partnerships across the East and West Midlands
Sure Start Blakenall (Walsall)

Completion of "Commissioning Consultancy", by Helen Kara of We Research It Ltd. See our Publications Page for details.

  2000-2003

Consultancy support for DfES Sure Start Unit, working with over 20 Sure Start programmes across the East and West Midlands.

  2002-2003

Building Links: consultancy support for project to build links between Sure Start, Children's Fund and Connexions, in the south-east region in general and Oxfordshire and Portsmouth in particular, for Government Office South-East, on behalf of:
The Children and Young Peoples' Unit
Connexions
The Childrens Fund Unit
The Sure Start Unit

Click here to download a copy of the partnership working toolkit.

Research for Regional Action West Midlands into the continuing impact of the foot and mouth crisis on the voluntary and community sector in the region, on behalf of:
Advantage West Midlands
The Countryside Agency

Click here to download a copy of this report.

2002

Assessing the need for drug and alcohol services within Staffordshire's black and minority ethnic communities

Evaluating the first year of the Supervised Treatment of Offenders (STOP) Project in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

Mapping children's services in Wolverhampton

Quantifying likely demand for children's services in Wolverhampton

Evaluating complementary therapy project at ADSIS (Alcohol and Drug Services in Staffordshire)

Preparing complaints, disciplinary and grievance procedures for British Humanist Association Ceremonies Service

  2001-2002

Consultancy support for Wolverhampton's Inter-Agency Working Group on Children's Services

Researching young people's perceptions of drug education for Coventry LEA

Assisting with research into services for refugees and asylum-seekers in the East Midlands

Evaluating peer drug education project in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

Completing dataset, needs assessment and young people's substance misuse plan for Staffordshire Drug Action Team

Completing dataset, needs assessment and young people's substance misuse plan for Stoke-on-Trent Drug Action Team

  2001

Review of Integrated Drug and Alcohol Service for Staffordshire Drug Action Team

Drafting procedures manual and multi-agency assessment tool for Supervised Treatment of Offenders Project (STOP), Staffordshire Probation Service

Rewriting the operational and development sections of the Practice Manual for volunteer bureaux, for the National Association of Volunteer Bureaux

Researching and drafting eligibility criteria for accessing preventative children's social services, and making recommendations for their implementation, for Wolverhampton Quality Protects partnership

  2000-2001

Writing "Somebody Else's Problem?", a response to the Macpherson Report offering guidance to volunteer bureaux on ways of tackling racism and racial discrimination, for the National Association of Volunteer Bureaux

  2000

County-wide research, into links between accommodation problems and substance misuse, for North Staffordshire Drug and Alcohol Reference Unit

Writing "Going The Extra Mile" - the specification for an ideal Local Volunteering Development Agency, for the National Association of Volunteer Bureaux

  1999-2000

Project management of advanced substance misuse training pilot in four subject areas for Staffordshire Drug Action Team

Review of Approved Social Worker procedures for Staffordshire Social Services

Research into ways of increasing levels of user participation for Druglink, Stoke-on-Trent

  1999

Evaluation of Staffordshire's substance misuse training strategy for Staffordshire Drug Action Team

Evaluation of pilot scheme for people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act in East Staffordshire for Health/Social Services

NB: work done before 31st July 2001 was carried out by Helen Kara Consultancy Services, the predecessor to We Research It Ltd.