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Theo Blackmore PhD is a fully-trained qualitative researcher with many years of experience in project evaluation and measurement. He is keen to hear from organisations in the VCSE sector to discuss their research needs.
‘It is rare to find a PhD level researcher from a voluntary sector background, and with the depth of understanding and passion about the sector that I have. I am a very strong advocate for the voluntary sector and voluntary sector organisations, for the work we do and the people we work with.
‘I have been working in Cornwall for over twenty years, but also with a range of organisations across the UK on specific projects. The role of evaluation and measurement activity is to help organisations – their staff, management committee and service users – to understand and value their work. This activity can be very helpful in providing organisational data for funding applications and in reporting to people outside your organisation about the work that you do.
‘I am particularly interested in how voluntary sector organisations work with individuals to increase their friendships, skills and qualifications that they gain through their involvement with those organisations. The work we all do in the voluntary sector really does help to promote a sense of belonging and ‘ownership’ for the individuals concerned, which in turn increase individual feelings of control and agency. This can really help an individual to feel included and involved in their local community, can reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and can help people of all ages to increase feelings of belonging and place.
‘I have a great range of experience of working with different organisations, including disability organisations, including in the mental health sector, organisations working with disadvantaged and excluded children, and a range of arts organisations and groups. I also have experience of working with funding organisations, including in the assessment and awarding of funding proposals.’
If your organisation, or the people with whom you work, would be interested in working with Theo either now or in the future as part of your research and evaluation processes, then email email@example.com.