Communities and social inclusion

Evaluation of Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities in Wales

(Oxfam Cymru, 2015)

The Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities in Wales was a three-year project supported by the Big Lottery Fund (Wales) that worked with marginalised communities across Wales, helping individuals and families to maximise their assets and abilities, in order to tackle poverty in their local areas. To evaluate the project one to one consultations and focus groups were conducted with project staff, project participants, community groups, and service providers.

Talk Communities Engagement Programme

(Welsh Government, 2016-17)

Arad was commissioned to review evidence from the Welsh Government’s Talk Communities consultation on the future of Communities First. The consultation gathered views from communities on themes such as employability, empowerment and early years support. The work involved reviewing 2,400 online survey responses, qualitative evidence from focus groups and approximately 600 written submissions from stakeholder organisations and individuals.

Evaluation of the Big Community Voice Project

(Community and Voluntary Support Conwy, 2016-17)

Arad conducted an evaluation of the Big Lottery Fund funded Conwy Big Community Voice project, which enabled the voices of the community to be heard by building the capacity of organisations to engage with the design and delivery of public services. The evaluation involved consulting with the five third sector organisations across Conwy, as well as beneficiaries, to gather their views on the impact and effectiveness of the project.

Development of a Libraries and Information Strategy

(Torfaen Council, 2017-18)

Arad was commissioned by Torfaen to produce a new libraries and information services strategy. The project has involved working with Torfaen through an open and inclusive planning process and exploring opportunities for greater interaction between Torfaen’s libraries and other public sector services/premises. Arad has worked with senior leaders within the Council and library staff as well as undertaking public consultations regarding future services.

Evaluation of the BME Young Person’s Outreach and Engagement Project

(Prince’s Trust, 2016)

Arad Research are evaluating the Project which works with a variety of black and ethnic minority communities and local organisations across Wales. The model assumes that by focusing on this outreach work the Prince’s Trust will be better placed to connect with and signpost young people from BME communities to relevant Prince’s Trust programmes. The evaluation is being undertaken as the project is coming to an end to qualitatively demonstrate the impact of the project and to explore any lessons learned. Arad carried out interviews with the young people supported and with those partner organisations who have helped steer the delivery.

Evaluation of Sanctuary in Wales Project

(Oxfam Cymru, 2015)

The Sanctuary in Wales Project funded by Big Lottery delivered opportunities for women seeking sanctuary (asylum-seekers and refugees) in Wales between 2012 and 2015. Project partners worked with a range of supporting organisations, employers and service providers. Arad conducted consultations and focus groups with project participants, volunteers and service providers. The final evaluation report concludes with practice and policy recommendations arising from the project.

A smart energy future for rural areas

(Smart Energy GB, 2017)

Arad were commissioned by Smart Energy GB to undertake a series of case studies with innovative community energy projects in rural areas across the UK and Ireland. A scoping exercise was undertaken to identify relevant initiatives and interviews were conducted with representatives of community energy projects to understand their use of smart energy. The final report can be accessed by clicking here.