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:

- 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

- Excellence in Creative People and Places, A New Direction

- 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

- Finding and Keeping Workers: Skills for Care Online Resource, Skills for Care


- The role of advice services in health, Advice Services Alliance

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.

Excellence in Creative People and Places, A New Direction
Consilium, in partnership with Mark Robinson from Thinking Practice, is undertaking thematic research to complement the Creative People and Places (CPP) National Evaluation. The research will capture and reflect on the notions and complexities around excellence across the 21 Creative CPP Places. It will explore and unpick the various approaches, impacts and outcomes of excellent art and engagement found across the CPP programme through a combination of desk research and consultation with key stakeholders including representatives from ACE and a sample of project directors and critical friends.

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.

Finding and Keeping Workers: Skills for Care Online Resource, Skills for Care
The online resource 'Finding and keeping workers' was launched by Skills for Care in May 2015 with funding provided by the Department of Health through the implementation of the Recruitment and Retention Strategy 2014-2015. The resource aims to support employers in the adult social care sector to meet their recruitment and retention challenges through the provision of information, toolkits and good practice. Consilium has been commissioned by Skills for Care to undertake an evaluation of the online resource by consulting extensively with adult social care employers across England.

The role of advice services in health, Advice Services Alliance
Consilium was appointed by the Advice Services Alliance and the Low Commission to undertake research that aims to build the evidence base on the relationship between advice and health outcomes. The rationale for the research is to look at the health outcomes derived from locating advice services in health settings such as GP practices and other primary care settings or hospitals, in particular where the advice helps to address wider social determinants of health. A copy of the report can be accessed at http://asauk.org.uk/the-role-of-advice-services-in-health-outcomes/

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