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Catherine Harris

Job title: 
Research Fellow

Phone 0114 2256113
Email c.h.harris@shu.ac.uk 

Cathy is a Research Fellow 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/recent research projects

2020-24 Lifting Neighbourhoods Together, Community Renewal. Role: Member of the project team.

2020-21 Evaluation of Ask and Act, Welsh Government. Role: Principal investigator / project manager.

2020-21 Volunteering in Community Business, Power to Change. Role: Member of the project team.

2020-21 Northamptonshire VCSE Assembly evaluation. Role: Member of the project team.

2020 Health benefits of public spaces, The Health Foundation. Role: Member of the project team.

2019-22 Market Development: evaluation and learning support, Power to Change. Role: Member of the project team.

2019-22 Future Parks Accelerator Programme Evaluation, National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Trust. Role: Member of the project team.

2019-20 Exploring the impact of community businesses delivering foundational infrastructure, Power to Change. Role: Member of the project team.

2019-20 Parks for People Programme Evaluation, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Big Lottery Fund. Role: Member of the project team.

2019-20 Camerados evaluation, The Association of Camerados. Role: Member of the project team.

2019 Diversity in Children's Literature, Arts Council England. Role: Project manager.

2018-19 Evaluation of the Small Employer Offer, Department for Work and Pensions. Role: Member of the project team.

2018-19 Local Delivery Pilot Insight Work, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. 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.

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

Research reports

Batty, E., Bennett, E., Devany, C., Harris, C., Pearson, S. and Woodward, A. (2020) Friends and Purpose: Evaluation of Camerados Public Living Rooms.The Association of Camerados.

Batty, E., Harris, C., Leather, D., Pearson, S., Wilson, I., Carter, C., Coldwell, M. Stiell, B. and Willis, B. (2020) Children’s Communities final evaluation report. Save the Children UK.

Dayson, C., Harris, C. and Woodward, A. (2020) Evaluation of Age Better in Sheffield: Qualitative insights into interventions to address social isolation and loneliness. Yorkshire Adoption Agency.

Dobson, J., Harris, C. and Macmillan, R. (2020) Network Support: Community business peer networking before and during coronavirus. Power to Change.

Archer, T., Batty, E., Harris, C., Parkes, S., Wilson, I., Aiken, M., Buckley, E., Moran, R. and Terry, V. (2019) Our assets, our future: the economics, outcomes, and sustainability of assets in community ownership. Power to Change.

Dobson, J., Harris, C., Eadson, W. and Gore, T. (2019) Space to thrive: A rapid evidence review of the benefits of parks and green spaces for people and communities.National Lottery Community Fund, National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Harris, C. and Stiell, B. (2019) Time for Change: What does the available literature tell us about the representation of people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in the UK children’s literature sector? London: Arts Council England.

Harris, C., Stiell, B. and Leather, D. (2019) Time for Change: Black and minority ethnic representation in the children’s literature sector. London: Arts Council England.

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