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Dr Christopher Damm

Job title: 
Research Associate

Phone 0114 225 4814
E-mail c.damm@shu.ac.uk

I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Our centre conducts research for a range of external clients, such as charities, local authorities or government departments. Often this research involves an evaluation of a service or programme to assess its operation and impact.

My academic interests primarily concern the role of the Voluntary Sector in the provision of welfare services in the UK. This includes the impact of state funding on charities, their role within the employment services field, and theory relating to their role as service providers.

I have particular expertise in the use of charity data across a number of projects. Much of my work involves quantitative data and I have advanced skills in data management, analysis and visualisation. As part of a recent fellowship funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund, for example, I produced a number of online tools for exploring and accessing charity data more easily:

https://cwdamm.shinyapps.io/charity_explorer_app/

https://cwdamm.shinyapps.io/shiny_app_-_field_identification/

I am currently a trustee and member of the steering group for the Voluntary Sector Studies Network. In particular, I have responsibility for the development of the VSSN website: https://www.vssn.org.uk/

Research interests

  • The third sector, its funding and role in public service delivery
  • Charity data and data infrastructure
  • Social investment
  • Employment services
  • Quantitative methods (modelling, mapping, data visualisation, programming in R, web-scraping, surveys)

Current research projects

2019-2021 Evaluation of Leeds Neighbourhood Networks, Centre for Ageing Better.

2019-2022 Evaluation and Learning Contact for Power to Change’s Market Development Programe, Power to Change.

2020-2021 Power to change - volunteering in community businesses, Power to Change.

2018-2024 Evaluation of the Community Investment Fund, Big Society Capital.

2013-2022 Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot, Voluntary Action Rotherham.

2020-2021 Classifying the Charity Register, Esmée Fairburn Foundation.

Selected reports

Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., Wells, P. and Wilson, I. (2020) Talent Match Evaluation: A Final Assessment. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Green, A. and Wells, P. (2020) Talent Match Evaluation: Comparative Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., Wells, P. and Wilson, I. (2020) Talent Match Evaluation: Technical Appendix Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., Wells, P. and Wilson, I. (2020) Talent Match Evaluation: Understanding the impact and value of Talent Match. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C. and Damm, C. (2020) Evaluation of the Community Investment Enterprise Facility: First Annual Report. Big Society Capital.

Dayson, C. and Damm, C. (2020) Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for Long Term Conditions. Sheffield: CRSER, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bradley, J., Chapman, M., Damm, C., Farnsworth, V., Ferguson, A., Gilbertson, J., Owen, A., Stafford, B., Taylor, B., Tod, A. and Wolstenholme, D. (2019) Being Warm – Being Happy (BWBH). Kendal: Eaga Charitable Trust.

Crisp, R., Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E. and Wells, P. (2018) Talent Match Evaluation: Progression to Employment. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E. and Wells, P. (2018) Talent Match Evaluation: Youth Employment Partnerships. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Baker, L. and Rees, J. with Batty, E., Bennett, E., Damm, C., Coule, T., Patmore, B., Garforth, H., Hennessy, C., Turner, K., Jacklin-Jarvis, C. and Terry, V. (2018) The value of small: In-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in England and Wales.Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Baker, L. and Rees, J. with Batty, E., Bennett, E., Damm, C., Coule, T., Patmore, B., Garforth, H., Hennessy, C., Turner, K., Jacklin-Jarvis, C. and Terry, V. (2018) The value of small: In-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in England and Wales - Summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Prinos, I. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Bolton State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Prinos, I. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Greater Manchester State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017.Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Prinos, I. and Sanderson, E. (2017) City of Manchester State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Prinos, I. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Salford State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017.Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Prinos, I. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Tameside State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Prinos, I. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Oldham State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Rochdale State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Stockport State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C. and Damm, C. (2017) The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for People with Long-term Conditions: Evaluation Update. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Damm, C., Foden, M., Gilbertson, J. and Pinder, J. (2016) Delivering Affordability Assistance to water customers: cross sector lessons. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennett, E., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Pearson, S. and Wells, P. (2016) EANF Learning Report 1: Evidence and Data. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennett, E., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Pearson, S. and Wells, P. (2016) EANF Learning Report 2: Building Alliances. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennett, E., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Pearson, S. and Wells, P. (2016) Early Action Neighbourhood Fund: Learning and Evaluation - Year One Programme Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C., Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J. and Pearson, S. (2016) Stockport Targeted Prevention Alliance. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Damm, C. and Sanderson, E. (2016) Sheffield State of the Voluntary and Community Sector 2016. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Rees, J., Taylor, R. and Damm, C. (2013) Does sector matter? Understanding the experiences of providers in the Work Programme. Working Paper 92. Birmingham: TSRC.

Damm, C. (2012) The third sector delivering employment services: an evidence review. Working Paper 70. Birmingham: TSRC.

Academic outputs

Damm, C. (2019) ‘The relationship between state funding and volunteer levels in voluntary sector organisations: a quantitative analysis of regulatory data’. Voluntary Sector Review, 11, (3), pp. 293-315.

Bennett, E., Coule, T., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Dean, J. and Macmillan, R. (2019) 'Civil society strategy: A policy review'. Voluntary sector review, 10 (2), pp.213-223.

Damm, C. and Dayson, C. (2019) ‘You were the future once’ – third sector prospects in the 2019 election manifestos'. People, Place and Policy, 13 (2), pp. 82-85.

Taylor, R., Damm, C. and Rees, J. (forthcoming), ‘Navigating a new landscape of contracted employment services: new providers, Prime-led supply chains and payment by results’. In: J. Rees and D. Mullins, The Third Sector’s Role in Public Service Delivery: New roles and enduring challenges?, Policy Press.

Damm, C. (2014) A mid-term review of third sector involvement in the Work Programme. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (1), pp. 97-116.

Taylor, R., Rees, J. and Damm, C. (2014) UK employment services: understanding provider strategies in a dynamic strategic action field. Policy and Politics [published online Sept 2014].

Supervision

I currently supervise an ESRC White Rose funded PhD on the impact of austerity on the voluntary sector, especially women’s organisations. I would be interested in supervising further PhDs relating to my research interests as outlined above.

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Key clients

Big Lottery Fund
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
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