How PS Research helped Cumbria’s third sector tell the story of their multi-million-pound participant-led employment programme
We’re Adam and Emma, two independent researchers who came together with a vision that blending our quantitative and qualitative skills could have more impact. Using mixed methods research, we helped Cumbria Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) to understand and evidence the impact of a multi-million-pound participant-led employability programme. This is being used to shape the way similar projects are delivered in the area, strengthen funding bids and start conversations with the NHS about tackling barriers to employment locally. It was also about more than just delivering the research. We supported Cumbria CVS to improve their practices, shared valuable insights with the local third sector and ran pro-bono evaluation clinics for small charities and voluntary organisations in the area.