One of the long-term evaluations we’ve been involved in - working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on digital inclusion in east York (the SMILEY Project) - is being wound up as the client has decided to close the project ahead of schedule. Jackie Black and Kevin Harris are working with JRF to summarise lessons from the project that can inform their future digital inclusion activities at local level.
Kevin Harris has also been working (in his role as RedQuadrant consultant) on an evaluation of Good Neighbour schemes in several rural areas of England; and this initiative, similarly, appears unlikely to last the course, due to funding difficulties. While a systematic evaluation of the schemes’ impact is unlikely, we hope to be able to make persuasive use of the qualitative evidence we’ve been able to gather.
Both these changes of course are deeply disappointing, not least because the opportunity was there to collect data and demonstrate impact, had things gone smoothly.
In the autumn of last year we completed a pilot research project with the University of Greenwich, looking at social entrepreneurship in relation to the third sector in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. When the report goes into the public domain we will link to it from these pages.
- Meanwhile we continue our work with the Third Sector Research Centre at Birmingham University on community action and social media (CASM).
- We’re also looking forward to preparing analytical commentary for WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto, following their extensive survey on older people and isolation for which we carried out a literature review in 2013.
- And shortly Hugh Flouch and Kevin Harris will be starting work in central West Ealing, London, helping residents to develop a new local online channel.