Chris Dayson is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Chris's research focuses on the voluntary and community sector at a local level, including its involvement public service delivery and as a provider of socially innovative solutions to the causes and consequences of multiple and complex social and economic disadvantage. He is currently involved in a senior capacity in a number of research and evaluation projects for local and national public sector bodies, voluntary sector organisations and charitable funders.
Chris has worked in CRESR since 2008 having previously worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the voluntary sector and central government. He has particular expertise in policy analysis and quantitative methods, including economic analysis techniques such as cost-benefit analysis, social return on investment (SROI), and broader methods for measuring and understanding social value.
In addition to his work in CRESR Chris manages University-wide interdisciplinary Centre for Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR), is Practice Editor for the Policy Press journal Voluntary Sector Review and is member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) where his roles include leading on the organisation of the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Conference.
Research interests / PhD Supervision
- the role of the voluntary and community sector in the governance and implementation of public services
- social prescribing and asset based approaches to health and social care
- social and public innovation
- social and public value
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD in these areas or other aspects of the voluntary and community sector or public services, please get in touch with Chris and he will be happy to discuss any ideas you have.
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
These are some of my major recent and current research projects. Please contact me for further details about these research projects, for summaries of the findings, and for information about other research I am involved with.
2016-18 The Value of Small: evidencing the distinctive contribution and medium sized charities, Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for England and Wales. Role: Project Director.
2016-18 Evaluation of the More than Food Programme, Trussell Trust. Role: Project Director.
2015-21 Evaluation of Age Better in Sheffield, South Yorkshire Housing Association. Role: Project Director.
2015-18 Evaluation of Stoke Co-operative Working Model, Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Role: Quantitative Data Lead.
2013-17 Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot, Voluntary ActionRotherham. Role: Project Director.
DAYSON, Christopher (2017). Social prescribing ‘plus’: a model of asset-based collaborative innovation? People, Place and Policy, 11 (2), 90-104.
DAYSON, Christopher (2017). Evaluating social innovations and their contribution to social value: the benefits of a 'blended value' approach. Policy and Politics, 45 (3), 395-411.
DAYSON, Christopher, MACMILLAN, Rob, PAINE, Angela Ellis and SANDERSON, Elizabeth (2017). Third sector capacity building : the institutional embeddedness of supply. Voluntary Sector Review, 8 (2), 149-168.
DAYSON, Christopher and MOSS, Bronwen (2017). The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for People with Long-term Conditions: A GP Perspective. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
DAYSON, Christopher and DAMM, Christopher (2017). The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for People with Long-term Conditions: Evaluation Update. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
BASHIR, Nadia, DAYSON, Christopher, MCCARTHY, Lindsey, ISMAIL, Mubarak and CHOWBEY, Punita (2016). Making the most of primary and community services : what works for BAME people with long-term conditions? Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University.
BENNETT, Ellen, DAYSON, Christopher, EADSON, William, GILBERTSON, Janet and TOD, Angela (2016). Warm safe and well: the evaluation of the Warm at Home Programme. Project Report. Sheffield, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.
DAYSON, Christopher (2013). Understanding financial vulnerability in UK third sector organisations : methodological considerations and applications for policy, practice and research. Voluntary Sector Review, 4 (1), 19-38.
DAYSON, Christopher (2013). Understanding the place based social value created by new-start social enterprises : evidence from 10 rural UK communities. People, place and policy online, 7 (1), 30-45.
WELLS, Peter and DAYSON, Christopher (2013). Voluntary and community sector policy under the Coalition Government. People, place and policy online, 7 (2), 91-99.
BASHIR, Nadia, DAYSON, Christopher, EADSON, William and WELLS, Peter (2013). A warm glow in all parts? : building local cause-affinity as a strategy for promoting charitable giving. People, place and policy online, 7 (3), 139-152.
DAYSON, Christopher (2011). The personalisation agenda : implications for organisational development and capacity building in the voluntary sector. Voluntary Sector Review, 2 (1), 97-105.
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