Andy Parkinson BA (Hons) MPhil PgDip (Distinction)

Andy is an experienced research practitioner with a strong track record of delivering high quality research and consultancy assignments in both the public and private sector. Andy has hands-on public sector service delivery experience drawn from roles within the police and the NHS. He has delivered consultancy assignments for a range of clients across the UK including the Home Office, DCMS, Creative Scotland, Skills for Care, National Literacy Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Advice Services Alliance, Arts Council England, Nesta, the Welsh Government and a range of local councils and regeneration partnerships.

Andy has specific interests in raising educational attainment, the arts and cultural sector, adult social care and local advice services. Over the last few years he has been heavily involved in supporting efforts to raise literacy levels in disadvantaged communities. He has also undertaken a range of assignments within the arts and cultural sector, ranging from work to increase participation in the arts and assessing programmes aimed at diversifying funding streams and building resilience within arts and cultural organisations.

Outside of work Andy takes a keen (friends would say obsessive) interest in local history and is a regular visitor to National Trust properties and heritage sites. Andy is also heavily involved in regional amateur sport and is the Club Secretary of the largest amateur football club in the North East of England.

A selection of assignments that Andy has managed or contributed towards is provided below:
• Equality and Diversity Evidence Review, Arts Council England
• Evaluation of the Alcohol Behaviour Change Programme, Safe Newcastle
• Evaluation of bait (Creative People and Places South East Northumberland), Woodhorn Charitable Trust
• Evaluation of Connect2's Community Involvement activities, Sustrans
• Evaluation of the Creative Learning Plan, Creative Scotland
• Evaluation of the Cultural Commissioning Programme, NCVO
• Evaluation of the Culture and Sport Improvement Strategy, DCMS
• Evaluation of Macmillan's Work and Cancer Employer offer, Macmillan Cancer Support
• Evaluation of the Neighbourhood Agreement Pathfinder programme, Home Office
• Rapid Evidence Assessment: The Effective Delivery of Information, Advice and Guidance, Welsh Government
• Skillset Research for Artists Working in Participatory Settings, Creative Scotland
• Supporting Evidence for Local Delivery (SELD), DCLG
• The Role of Advice Services in Health, Advice Services Alliance & Low Commission
• What do we know about the role of arts in the delivery of social care? Evidence Review and Activity Mapping, Skills for Care