previous projects

VCF Review

A review of the voluntary, community and faith sector in Sheffield. This project was delivered in partnership with ippr North. It included the facilitation of a number of workshops in the city, for example, with the BME network and commissioners from the local authority and the pct.

Data strategy

Helping a national charity understand and illustrate outcomes and impact as payment by results becomes an important factor in work they are commissioned to do. Includes consultation with services, commissioners and journey mapping.

Total Place briefing

Preparation of a 2 part briefing on the Total Place initiative, with a focus on the opportunities and threats for the most excluded in society and presentation at a seminar. Our client is Emma Stone of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  

Prisons of the Future 

A Wates Foundation funded research project to consider issues relating to the prison estate. This project is just starting and is planned to involve consultation with staff, prisoners and families of prisoners. Our client is Lisa Harker, Co-Director at ippr.

Cheshire East museums

A project looking at options for the sustainability of two museums in newly formed Cheshire East. The museums are in Congleton and Nantwich and we are working in partnership with museum expert Brian Holmshaw. Our client is Helen Paton at Cheshire East Council.

Hoodie, Goodie, Buddy?

A Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded research project to look at whether mode of transport affects community cohesion in and around Abbeydale Road. This project involves a range of innovative consultation approaches with communities along Abbeydale Road. We are our own clients on this project  as we won the funding. We are involving Sheffield University and Surrey University as subcontractors. 

5 year evaluation of the TREE project 

An evaluation of an ambitious project to involve more young people in making decisions for their local community and provide best practice information for the youth sector. This involves consultation with the young people involved on an ongoing basis to track progress and impact. Our client is Deborah McCahon at the charity Woodcraft Folk.  

Blueprint Project

Drafting of a blueprint for Youth Sector club based provision. Involved consultation (focus groups, workshops, interviews, survey) with 3rd sector stakeholders, mapping, analysis. Creation of strategy and action plan. Our client was Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of the charity Clubs for Young People.

North East Public Services Commission

Looking at reform of the public sector with a particular focus on how services can better involve local communities. This involved focus groups with a range of those involved in design and delivery of public services in the North East. Our client was Carey Oppenheim, Co-Director of ippr. 

Innovation in Public Services

Report on how public services can develop a wider involvement of frontline workers and servicers in service design. Our client was Su Maddock, Director of the Whitehall Innovation Hub. 

Recovery in practice - Innovation in mental health services 

A project to look at the innovative practice of some mental health trusts who are implementing recovery focussed practice. This involved running focus groups with mental health service users from two MH Trusts. Our clients were the Whitehall Innovation Hub and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the contract was managed by Su Maddock, Director of the Whitehall Innovation Hub. 

Creative Industries Strategy

Involved consultation (focus groups, interviews, survey) with stakeholders, mapping, analysis. Creation of strategy and action plan for partnership. Our client was a partnership of organisations led by Alan Smith, Head of City Development at Derby City Council.

Play Strategy

Involved consultation via workshops, survey and interviews with largely 3rd sector providers of play. Auditing and mapping of provision. Creation of strategy and action plan. Our client was a partnership of organisations led by Arne Swithenbank, Parks and Countryside Manager at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.