Skip to content

  1. About us
  2. Our people
  3. Staff profiles
  4. Dr Christopher Damm

Dr Christopher Damm

Research Fellow


Summary

I am a research fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Our centre conducts research for a range of external clients, such as charities, local authorities or government departments. Often this research involves an evaluation of a service or programme to assess its operation and impact.

About

Research work

My academic interests primarily concern the role of the Voluntary Sector in the provision of welfare services in the UK. This includes the impact of state funding on charities, their role within the employment services field, and theory relating to their role as service providers. I have particular expertise in the use of charity data across a number of projects. Much of my work involves quantitative data and I have advanced skills in data management, analysis and visualisation. As part of a recent fellowship funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund, for example, I produced a number of online tools for exploring and accessing charity data more easily:

https://cwdamm.shinyapps.io/charity_explorer_app/ 

https://cwdamm.shinyapps.io/shiny_app_-_field_identification/

Administration

I am currently a trustee and member of the steering group for the Voluntary Sector Studies Network. In particular, I have responsibility for the development of the VSSN website: https://www.vssn.org.uk/ 

Supervision

I currently supervise an ESRC White Rose funded PhD on the impact of austerity on the voluntary sector, especially women’s organisations. I would be interested in supervising further PhDs relating to my research interests as outlined above.

Research interests

  • The third sector, its funding and role in public service delivery
  • Charity data and data infrastructure
  • Social investment
  • Employment services
  • Quantitative methods (modelling, mapping, data visualisation, programming in R, web-scraping, surveys)

Research

  • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

2019-2021 Evaluation of Leeds Neighbourhood Networks, Centre for Ageing Better.

2019-2022 Evaluation and Learning Contact for Power to Change’s Market Development Programme, Power to Change.

2020-2021 Power to change - volunteering in community businesses, Power to Change.

2018-2024 Evaluation of the Community Investment Fund, Big Society Capital.

2013-2022 Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot, Voluntary Action Rotherham.

2020-2021 Classifying the Charity Register, Esmée Fairburn Foundation.

Publications

Bennett, E., Coule, T., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Dean, J., & Macmillan, R. (2019). Civil society strategy: A policy review. Voluntary sector review, 10 (2), 213-223. http://doi.org/10.1332/204080519X15617330887624

Damm, C. (2019). Hungry Britain: The rise of food charity by Hannah Lambie-Mumford. Policy Press, 2017. Voluntary sector review, 10 (1), 97-99. http://doi.org/10.1332/204080519x15510138260856

Taylor, R., Rees, J., & Damm, C. (2016). UK employment services: understanding provider strategies in a dynamic strategic action field. Policy and Politics, 44 (2), 253-267. http://doi.org/10.1332/030557314X14079275800414

Damm, C. (2014). A mid-term review of third sector involvement in the Work Programme. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (1), 97-116. http://doi.org/10.1332/204080514X13921367480976

Book chapters

Taylor, R., Damm, C., & Rees, J. (2016). Navigating a new landscape : the third sector delivering contracted employment services. In Rees, J., & Mullins, D. (Eds.) The Third Sector Delivering Public Services: Developments, Innovations and Challenges. (pp. 169-188). Birmingham: Policy Press

Reports

Dayson, C., & Damm, C. (2020). Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for Long Term Conditions. Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/evaluation-of-the-rotherham-social-prescribing-service-for-long-term-conditions

Damm, C., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., Wells, P., & Wilson, I. (2020). Talent Match Evaluation: Understanding the impact and value of Talent Match. Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2020.2031246178

Damm, C., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., Wells, P., & Wilson, I. (2020). Talent Match Evaluation: Technical Appendix Report. Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2020.7420650207

Damm, C., Green, A., & Wells, P. (2020). Talent Match Evaluation: Comparative Report. Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2020.813564058

Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., Wells, P., & Wilson, I. (2020). Talent Match Evaluation: A Final Assessment. Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2020.1739253459

Dayson, C., & Damm, C. (2020). Evaluation of the Community Investment Enterprise Facility: First Annual Report. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/evaluation-of-the-community-investment-enterprise-facility-first-annual-report

Bradley, J., Chapman, M., Damm, C., Farnsworth, V., Ferguson, A., Gilbertson, J., ... Wolstenholme, D. (2019). Being Warm – Being Happy (BWBH) : understanding disability, fuel poverty and energy vulnerability for adults with a learning disability : final report. EAGA Charitable Trust. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/being-warm-being-happy-bwbh

Crisp, R., Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., & Wells, P. (2018). Talent Match Evaluation: Progression to Employment. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2018.3322694645

Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., & Wells, P. (2018). Talent Match Evaluation: Youth Employment Partnerships. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2018.3356697744

Wells, P., Pearson, S., Damm, C., & Sanderson, E. (2018). Involving young people: Lessons from the Talent Match programme evaluation. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/involving-young-people-lessons-from-the-talent-match-programme-evaluation

Wells, P., Pearson, S., Damm, C., & Sanderson, E. (2018). Youth Employment Partnerships: Lessons from the Talent Match programme evaluation. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/youth-employment-partnerships-lessons-from-the-talent-match-programme-evaluation

Wells, P., Pearson, S., Damm, C., & Sanderson, E. (2018). Progression to Employment: Lessons from the Talent Match programme evaluation. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/progression-to-employment-lessons-from-the-talent-match-programme-evaluation

Dayson, C., Baker, L., Rees, J., Batty, E., Bennett, E., Damm, C., ... Terry, V. (2018). The value of small: in-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in England and Wales. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-value-of-small-in-depth-research-into-the-distinctive-contribution-value-and-experiences

Dayson, C., Baker, L., Rees, J., Batty, E., Bennett, E., Damm, C., ... Terry, V. (2018). The value of small: in-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in England and Wales : Summary. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-value-of-small-in-depth-research-into-the-distinctive-contribution--summary

Damm, C., Prinos, I., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Bolton state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017 : A report on social and economic impact. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.2843928293

Damm, C., Prinos, I., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Greater Manchester state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017 : A report on social and economic impact. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.8245386329

Damm, C., Prinos, I., & Sanderson, E. (2017). City of Manchester state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017 : A report on the social and economic impact. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.8679557866

Damm, C., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Rochdale state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017 : A report on social and economic impact. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.5635442389

Damm, C., Prinos, I., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Salford state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.6344484429

Damm, C., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Stockport state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017 : A report on social and economic impact. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.6569444937

Damm, C., Prinos, I., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Tameside state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017 : A report on social and economic impact. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.6488868973

Dayson, C., & Damm, C. (2017). The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for People with Long-term Conditions: Evaluation Update. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-rotherham-social-prescribing-service-for-people-with-long-term-conditions-evaluation-update

Green, A., Barnes, S.-.A., Gore, A., & Damm, C. (2017). In-work support: What is the role of in-work support in a successful transition to sustained employment? Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/in-work-support-what-is-the-role-of-in-work-support-in-a-successful-transition-to-sustained

Damm, C., Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J., & Pearson, S. (2016). Stockport Targeted Prevention Programme Evaluation: Final Report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/stockport-targeted-prevention-alliance

Damm, C., & Sanderson, E. (2016). Sheffield State of the Voluntary and Community Sector 2016. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research; Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/sheffield-state-of-the-voluntary-and-community-sector-2016

Bennett, E., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Pearson, S., & Wells, P. (2016). EANF Learning Report 1: Evidence and Data. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/eanf-learning-report-1-evidence-and-data

Bennett, E., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Pearson, S., & Wells, P. (2016). Early Action Neighbourhood Fund: learning and evaluation - year one programme report. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/early-action-neighbourhood-fund-learning-and-evaluation---year-one-programme-report

Bennett, E., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Pearson, S., & Wells, P. (2016). EANF learning report 2: building alliances. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/eanf-learning-report-2-building-alliances

Ambrose, A., Damm, C., Foden, M., Gilbertson, J., & Pinder, J. (2016). Delivering Affordability Assistance to water customers: cross sector lessons. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/delivering-affordability-assistance-to-water-customers-cross-sector-lessons

Share this page

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?