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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Demonstrating the Value for Money of Third Sector Activity in Rotherham

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2010-2011

The research produced two depth value for money case studies that demonstrated the value for money provided by frontline voluntary sector service delivery in Rotherham.
 


Sustainability Research

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

Many of the Big Lottery Fund's programmes have focused on providing capital funding – that is, funding for new or refurbished buildings or to buy or improve land, among other purposes.

In most cases, this is only the first step in a wider process of improvement and benefits. The building or land offers a site for projects to run or a facility for communities to enjoy. Groups running the facility will have to find funds and resources to run those services and to maintain the building or land.


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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