Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD), University of Wolverhampton

The Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) works with partner organisations to undertake pioneering community development studies that improve the life chance of individuals. ICRD uses interdisciplinary expertise to affect positive change in communities, increase knowledge, and shape local and national policy. Through our evaluation work we are able to make a difference by understanding if and how projects are successful, and by ensuring that we identify any barriers to success and make evidence-based recommendations to improve projects. We have considerable experience in successfully delivering research and evaluation projects and our clients have included the Home Office, the Economic and Social Research Council, the NHS, voluntary and community sectors, local authorities, various sections of the criminal justice system, and other UK and European organisations.

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Third Sector Services

Trading as Third Sector Services Alun Severn has over twenty-five years’ experience in the social enterprise and voluntary sectors and has been trading as an independent freelance consultant since 1997. 

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The Social Effectiveness Research Centre

The Social Effectiveness Research Centre provides a mix of information and support services for non-profit making organisations, particularly voluntary or community projects and organisations. Our starting point is that organisations and projects already contain within them the potential knowledge and learning that could lead to better solutions to many of the problems facing society. We provide both a general information library online as well as individual support in person where we feel the organisation potentially has ideas or learning that could benefit other organisations. For a recent example of our work for other organisations, please see https://wales.coop/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CCLH-Report-2019.pdf, a report assessing the benefits of community-led housing, which included a range of responses from residents and organisations in Birmingham and the Black Country. We are currently working with BVSC on the evaluations of Ageing Better in Birmingham's Age Friendly Tyburn and Carers' Voice projects. For further information contact [email protected].

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