Rethinking social value
CRESR

Measuring outcomes and impact

CRESR has substantial expertise in the evaluation of projects and programmes, including assessments of the impact, and economic and social value of outcomes from interventions. We undertake evaluations of complex programmes: for instance, the evaluation of New Deal for Communities, the largest and most comprehensive evaluation of an area-based programme ever commissioned; and the evaluation of Futurebuilders - the first evaluation of a UK government programme to use Social Return on Investment methodology. We also work extensively with agencies in the public and voluntary and community sectors, using a range of methods to identify the impact and value of their work. We take a pragmatic approach to evaluation: not subscribing to a particular tool or approach, but working closely with clients to understand their needs, and using appropriate methodologies to produce robust assessments which can be used to inform service delivery and investment decisions. 

Our expertise includes:

  • development of bespoke evaluation frameworks including tools for self-evaluation
  • measuring and valuing outputs and outcomes
  • establishing impact and additionality
  • calculating Social Return on Investment
  • cost-benefit analysis.
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Village SOS Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2011-2012

Village SOS is a programme of the Big Lottery Fund undertaken in partnership with BBC ONE. The programme aims to provide a new model for the revitalisation of disadvantaged rural communities in the United Kingdom. The programme supported the funding of 10 village schemes across the UK, the deployment of a 'village champion' to work with these villages over 12 months, and for six of the schemes to feature in a BBC ONE television series.


EDF Evaluation

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2011-2012

The main aim of the research is to provide evidence and learning which will support EDFET trustees to meet their operational objectives for 2011 and which will help the trustees and EDF Energy shape the future direction of the Trust in meeting its overall aims.


Review and Evaluation of ETE Support for Female Prisoners

Project Director: Professor Del Roy Fletcher
Project Duration: 2010-2011

The study comprises two key elements.  First, qualitative longitudinal research with female offenders at HMP Askham Grange.  Second, a best practice review of pre-release ETE support for female offenders.


NAVCA Outcomes Framework

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2010-2011

The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) is the membership organisation for local support and development organisations. This project developed an outcomes measurement framework for NAVCA.


Monetising health benefits of energy efficiency programmes

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2011

This model was developed by a team led by the London School of Tropical Medicine with University College London Bartlett School of Graduate Studies and UCL Energy Institute, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, Warwick University, and Ulster University.


Get in touch

For further information please contact Professor Peter Wells at p.wells@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 6262, or Sarah Pearson at s.pearson@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4902.

Key clients

Age UK
Bolton CVS
Church Urban Fund
CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humberside
Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY)
European Women’s Audiovisual Network
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)
GMCVO
Heritage Lottery Fund
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Lambeth Council
NHS England
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
Northern Rock Foundation
Oldham Council
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Trussell Trust
Yorkshire Adoption Agency
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