Consilium has been successful in securing a range of consultancy assignments that are focused on evidencing the impact of existing interventions or helping clients shape new, sustainable models of delivery.

Please find below examples of our recent projects:

- Review of the basic principles of sustainable community based volunteering approaches to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people, Welsh Government

- Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy Programme Evaluation, Hampshire Cultural Trust

- Evaluation of the Living well with and beyond cancer (LWWBC) programme, Bristol CCG

- Evaluation of the Warm and Well Programme, Age UK

- Interim and Final Evaluation of the Talent Match North East Programme, The Wise Group

- Summative Evaluation of the EMERGE Programme, The Mighty Creatives

- Evaluation of Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Services @ Glasgow Libraries (Phase 2), Glasgow Libraries

- Spirit of 2012's Get Out & Get Active (GOGA) Programme Evaluation, English Federation of Disability Sport

- Creative Learning through the Arts, Welsh Government & Arts Council of Wales


Review of the basic principles of sustainable community based volunteering approaches to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people, Welsh Government
In partnership with Wavehill Ltd, Consilium Research is undertaking a review of the basic principles of sustainable community based volunteering approaches to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. The review will utilise a Rapid Evidence Assessment approach to identify existing literature and research around community based volunteering approaches as well as engaging key stakeholders in order to build a number of practice case studies.

Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy Programme Evaluation, Hampshire Cultural Trust
Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy is a major project that aims to provide support for museums across the Hampshire and Solent area which wish to develop a long-term culture of philanthropy with individuals and businesses interested in their work. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Programme, the scheme is being managed by an Umbrella partnership between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Southampton City Council. Consilium has been commissioned by Hampshire Cultural Trust to undertake the evaluation which will assess the impact of the programme on the participating museums.

Evaluation of the Living well with and beyond cancer (LWWBC) programme, Bristol CCG
Consilium, in partnership with associates Rocket Science, has been commissioned by Bristol CCG to undertake an evaluation of the Living well with and beyond cancer (LWWBC) programme. The evaluation will review the current model of service provision across the Living Well With and Beyond Cancer programme and inform the development of a commissioned model for the future. It will help the CCG and wider partners to understand the costs of delivering the current model of service provision as well as the cost benefits that could be achieved with stratified follow up to support people to live well with and beyond cancer.

Evaluation of the Warm and Well Programme, Age UK
The Warm and Well programme, which has been funded by an undisclosed energy company, will provide Information and Advice to help older people ensure that they are receiving all the welfare benefits, grants and other income available to them, and therefore all the money that they are entitled to (income maximisation). This will be delivered through tailored information and advice sessions for vulnerable older people. Therefore the main aim of this programme is to support older people to receive the income that they are entitled to and also help to ensure that they have a warm home. Consilium will be undertaking an external evaluation of the programme across 20 Age UK sites in England between 2016 and 2019.

Interim and Final Evaluation of the Talent Match North East Programme, The Wise Group
Talent Match North East is an innovative programme aimed at tackling youth unemployment for 18-24 year olds across the North East. It targets young people who are furthest from the jobs market, including those who are completely outside of the benefits, work and training system and facing severe barriers to gaining the skills they need to get into work. Talent Match aims to boost opportunities for young people in these areas by bringing together partnerships of employers, education providers and others, led by local charities. The investment was co-designed with young people and continues to have young people at the heart of decision making. The evaluation will not only highlight the key achievements and added value/impact of the programme, but also provide an evidenced-based legacy for future youth employability programmes.

Summative Evaluation of the EMERGE Programme, The Mighty Creatives
With investment from Spirit of 2012, The Mighty Creatives are working in collaboration with Arts Connect and UK Young Artists to deliver a series of arts festivals across the Midlands over the next three years (2016 - 2019). Like Spirit of 2012, the Emerge programme of arts festivals aims to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people, their families and communities in the Midlands and contribute to improving individuals' wellbeing, developing their skills and confidence and helping them to feel more connected to each other and their local community. Consilium is leading the team that has been appointed as evaluation partner to assess the impact of the Emerge programme.

Evaluation of Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Services @ Glasgow Libraries (Phase 2), Glasgow Libraries
Consilium is working with Rocket Science to evaluate Phase 2 of Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Services @ Glasgow Libraries. The Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries service provides a tiered model of Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Drop-in Services to provide cancer-related support and information to people in their local communities through libraries and other community venues. Consilium will work extensively with partners, volunteers and service users to explore the difference being made, the lessons being learnt and the scope for improvement and sustainability. A final report will be produced by July 2018.

Spirit of 2012's Get Out & Get Active (GOGA) Programme Evaluation, English Federation of Disability Sport
Consilium Director Andy Parkinson is part of the team led by Wavehill that has been appointed by the English Federation of Disability Sport to evaluate the Spirit of 2012's Get Out & Get Active (GOGA) initiative. GOGA will invest £4.5 million across the UK to develop, deliver and learn from exciting new ways to capture inactive people into active recreation. The research team will deliver a formative, summative and process evaluation of the GOGA initiative with the final report scheduled to be provided in 2020.

Creative Learning through the Arts, Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales
Consilium Director Andy is a member of a consortium led by consultancy Wavehill Ltd. appointed to undertake an evaluation of the Creative Learning Through the Arts (CLTA), which is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government's Department of Economy, Science and Transport and Department for Education and Skills. The action plan supporting the programme is supported by an investment of £20m over 5 years and was launched in March 2015. The aims of the programme, linked to the Welsh Government priorities of improving literacy and numeracy and reducing the impact of disadvantage, are to: improve attainment through creativity; increase and improve arts experiences and opportunities in schools; and support teachers and arts practitioners in developing their skills. The five year evaluation will assess the impact of the programme primarily on learners, but also on teachers/schools and artists/arts organisations.

For further details on any of these studies please contact Andy Parkinson or Jamie Buttrick on info@consiliumresearch.co.uk