As a recognised centre of excellence for applied policy research with impact, we work with a wide range of funders, partners and clients. We undertake research, knowledge exchange and consultancy for

  • government bodies and local authorities throughout the UK
  • charities, foundations, trusts and other voluntary and community sector organisations
  • UK and international academic research funders
  • businesses and social enterprises

We collaborate with other leading universities, think-tanks and research organisations to build the strongest possible multidisciplinary research capacity to answer the pressing questions our funders have.

The organisations we have recently worked for or collaborated with include

  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Crisis
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)
  • Shelter
  • Sheffield City Region
  • The Health Foundation
  • White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership


We could not have asked for a better research partner. The research was well constructed, sensitively executed and the report and conclusions well considered and supported. We not only had existing perceptions confirmed in many areas, but had an entirely new light thrown on an aspect of the work which had been under question. The advice of the team about how to work well with the findings to release a new future for this has been massively helpful. The voice of CRESR was clearly well-regarded by our funding partners and supported by a strong external reviews we are now working towards a very different and much better future.
Peter Rouch, CEO, Church Army UK & Ireland/Marylebone Project

‘It has been a pleasure working with Will and the wider team. They have been flexible and responsive to the needs of the programme, flexing plans to suit our needs. The work has been underpinned by strong communication and an open dialogue, with sound relationships having been established with managers and practitioners. The final evaluation report will be a useful tool for us to develop future work and evidence our impact. I would have no hesitation in commissioning SHU to carry out further work on behalf of Groundwork UK, and in recommending them to others.’
Andy Harrison, Head of Contracts, Groundwork UK

‘Working with CRESR has been a very positive experience and has delivered an important piece of research which supports our wider strategic work. We are confident that the research will enhance our influencing work.’
Karen Brown, Senior Policy Advisor, Northern Housing Consortium