CRESR's mission is to make an impact through promoting an active dialogue between a community of researchers concerned with identifying problems and suggesting solutions, and the policy makers and practitioners charged with responding to these challenges. To this end, we work closely with colleagues in other higher education institutions and in public, private and third sector agencies to develop research programmes of benefit to the economy, society and culture in the UK and beyond.
Our impact is delivered through three key activities:
- research activities generate findings that are actively disseminated to policy and practitioner audiences. Reports are published and disseminated by commissioning bodies and through the CRESR website. Staff regularly speak at launch and learning events hosted by research funders and partner organisations to disseminate findings, and share lessons learnt and provide guidance to policy and practitioner audiences. Engagement in these activities reflects a commitment to raising understanding and awareness and effecting a positive change in policy and practice.
- evaluation activities involve the application of subject expertise and innovative methodologies to conduct process and formative analysis of how policies work, and summative and impact analysis of the effects of policies on different groups and areas. These activities strive to: monitor and improve delivery through reflective, ongoing problem solving in the tradition of action research; determine the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of policy and practice to assist policy makers and practitioners in determining the best approaches to adopt for varying conditions; and promote more positive outcomes and associated improvements in the well-being of particular groups and locations.
- sharing knowledge and expertise through contributions to professional and practitioner seminars, conferences and journals. Staff have also been called to give specialist advice and guidance to local and national voluntary and community organisations and funders, local government, devolved assemblies and national governments on policy, practice and evaluation concerns across all areas of CRESR's expertise. Key constituencies benefiting from these awareness raising and advice sharing activities include civil servants and policy makers, practitioners and interest groups across the public, private and third sectors.
Our seminar programme draws speakers from across the UK and our free access journal People, Place and Policy Online has thousands of readers around the world.