asset based participation, evaluation and research
Barnsley Overview and Scrutiny Committee were considering doing a review to consider the impact of service and financial reductions on health and wellbeing of older people. They wanted to know how good practice on consultation might inform a consultation plan. Judith researched available literature. Centre for Public Scrutiny Ageing Well Programme, February 2012 [PDF1.06Mb]
She has undertaken independent evaluation of projects and services. For example:
- Zest, South Manchester and Stockport Healthy Living Networks Download report [PDF 944Kb]
- As part of the South Manchester Healthy Living Network evaluation, Judith responded to a staff member's interest in developing an evaluation framework by working with her to develop it. See Barlow Moor: Learning and action through evaluation Download report (pp29-32)
- Stockport Black History Month
- Herbie, a mobile greengrocer serving food deserts in North and East Manchester Download document [PDF 1.7Mb]
- The health contribution to a Manchester Youth Offenders Team, Stakeholder credibility check for Manchester Alliance for Community Care Download report [PDF 1.9Mb]
- An audit of Community Conferencing in East Manchester for Victim Support. Download report [PDF 195kb]
- A research study of Citizens' Advice Bureaux in primary care for Sandwell
Health Authority. This is quoted from extensively in a paper summarising
research about the usage and impact of independent WR advice in primary
care. See, http://www.judithemanuel.co.uk/docs/welfare.pdf
In the large Citizens Advice Bureau where I worked, there had never been any medical research undertaken. The process was one of fascinated terror for some of our employees who had no concept of what they were attempting to contribute to, nor what its results might spell out for them or their clients.
Judith has a mercurial method of unstitching the supposedly "big certainties" that drive systems and relationships, and examining in simple clarity what it is that makes those stitches bind. Invariably this leads on to even more curiously important findings about values, purpose and choice. What started out as useful just got very interesting, and that is the whole point of research in a workplace setting.
When all's said and done, a lot more is usually said than done. However Judith ploughs much deeper over longer ranges than other researchers I've had to work with, and it has always surprised me how much detail she accumulated on the journeys to the compelling findings you'd set her off to track down. In this sense you get a much wider value research reward from Judith than your average tick-box merchants.
Jeremy Vanes, who was District Manager at Sandwell Citizens' Advice Bureaux