Ellen is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, with research expertise in the voluntary sector, public services and state-voluntary sector relationships. She has extensive experience in a range of qualitative research techniques, such as in-depth interviewing, focus groups, and discursive documentary analysis. Ellen has particular expertise in researching organisations within the voluntary sector.
Her PhD – completed in June 2015 – explored state-voluntary sector relationships, using in-depth interviews and discursive analysis of national policy across four decades. Since joining CRESR, she has worked on studies for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the Heritage Lottery, Rotherham CVS, and the Foundations for Independent Living Trust. She is currently working on a range of projects, including an evaluation of the Early Action Neighbourhood Fund, a five-year project funded by a coalition of funders including the Big Lottery, Esmee Fairbairn Trust and Comic Relief, investing in early action partnerships in three locations across England.
Ellen is a member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, a national network of researchers with an interest in the voluntary sector. She is also a member of University-wide interdisciplinary Centre for Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR). Ellen is co-editor of People, Place and Policy journal (www.ppp-online.org).
- Voluntary organisations
- Voluntary sector policy
- Public services and public service reform
- State-voluntary sector relations
- Voluntary organisations and identity
- Qualitative data collection and analysis
- In-depth interviewing, both face-to-face and telephone
- Focus groups
- Discursive documentary analysis.
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Centre for Voluntary Sector Research
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
2015-2020 Evaluation of the Early Action Neighbourhood Fund, Big Lottery. Role: Researcher.
2015-2018 Evaluation of Ageing Better, Over to You and Eat Well, South Yorkshire Housing Association. Role: Researcher.
2014-2019 Evaluation of Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Centenary activities, Heritage Lottery Fund. Role: member of research team.
2015-2016 Evaluation of the Social Prescribing Service, Voluntary Action Rotherham. Role: Researcher.
2015-2016 Warm at Home evaluation, Foundations for Independent Living Trust. Role: Researcher.
2015 Evaluation of supporting and maintaining independence programme, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. Role: Researcher.
2015 Recession and Resilience in Northern Ireland, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. Role: Researcher.
2014 The State of the Former Coalfields, Coalfields Regeneration Trust. Role: member of research team.
2013-2015 Holocaust Memorial Day Impact Study, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Role: member of research team.
COULE, Tracey and BENNETT, Ellen (2018). State-voluntary relations in contemporary welfare systems: New politics or voluntary action as usual? Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. (In Press)
DAYSON, Christopher and BENNETT, Ellen (2016). Evaluation of Doncaster Social Prescribing Service: understanding outcomes and impact. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
COULE, Tracey, M. and BENNETT, Ellen (2016). Rhetoric, organizational category dynamics and institutional change : a study of the UK Welfare State. Public Administration, 94 (4), 1059-1076.
DAYSON, Christopher, BASHIR, Nadia, BENNETT, Ellen and SANDERSON, Elizabeth (2016). The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for People with Long-Term Health Conditions: Annual Report. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
DAYSON, Christopher, BASHIR, Nadia, BENNETT, Ellen and SANDERSON, Elizabeth (2016). The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for People with Long-Term Health Conditions: Summary Report. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
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