Catherine Harris

Job title: 
Research Associate

Phone 0114 2256113

Cathy is a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). She has particular interests in research with the voluntary and community sector and exploring the needs and experiences of vulnerable groups.

Cathy joined CRESR in 2018 as a Research Associate. She previously worked as a Research Officer for the children's reading charity BookTrust for six years, where she completed a range of programme evaluations and research projects. In particular, she focused on the evaluation of programmes aimed at supporting children who may need additional support, such as children who are looked after and children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

She also has experience of working in the mental health sector, both in hospitals and in the community, and has worked with children and adults with learning difficulties. These experiences have shaped her research interest in the voluntary and community sector, and exploring the needs and experiences of vulnerable groups.

Research interests

  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Measuring outcomes and impact

Current research projects

2015-21 Evaluation of Age Better in Sheffield, South Yorkshire Housing Association. Role: Member of the project team.

2018-19 Economic assessment of assets in community ownership, Power to Change. Role: Member of the project team.

2017-19 Evaluation of Children's Communities, Save the Children. Role: Member of the project team.

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