Who we work with
We’ve delivered successful projects for dozens of clients, including local and national government, third sector organisations, and community groups. See below for more detail about our work.
We’ve conducted more than 60 separate research, evaluation and development projects since 2006. Below are a few examples of our clients and work.
Nigel Lloyd is an Analytical Associate for the Department for Education and we've carried out a number of projects for DfE over past few years.
When DfE needed a detailed understanding of the costs of delivering the Government-funded Early Education Entitlement, it asked NLH Partnership to work with it. We worked with early years providers across England to conduct a qualitative and quantitative study of the unit costs of providing childcare. You can find a copy of our report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-education-entitlement-cost-for-childcare-providers
Our other recent work for DfE has included:
Analysis of the data from a large-scale survey of early years providers into their views on the impact of the qualification requirements for staff recruitment, retention and progression. We analysed more than 4,000 responses and the findings of this study were led to changes in childcare workforce educational qualification requirements. You can find more detail about the consultation, and the Givernment response here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/level-3-early-years-educator-numeracy-and-literacy-requirements
A telephone survey of post-16 education providers (including schools, 6th form colleges and special schools), exploring engagement with the National Post-16 Courses Database (a Government initiative to increase access to post-16 information and guidance).
A qualitative study into staffing ratios in early years settings and implications for service delivery.
When Government Equalities Office needed to analyse more than 16,000 responses to a national consultation on whether a change in law was required to deal with the issue of caste discrimination, it called on NLH Partnership to analyse the dataset.
The findings of the consultation directly influenced the Government’s decision regarding whether or not a change in legislation was required. You can find a copy of our consultation report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/caste-in-great-britain-and-equality-law-a-public-consulation
Achieving for Children is a not-for-profit organisation owned by Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It delivers services for children and families within the Boroughs on behalf of the Councils.
AfC used DfE ‘Delivery Support Fund’ (DSF) monies to commission NLH Partnership to worked in partnership with it to ensure that there was enough 30 hours extended childcare provision for eligible parents within its Boroughs. We conducted Borough-wide parent and service-provider surveys and focus groups, and provided a detailed gap analysis. This included analysing current and future childcare capacity and needs, helping AfC plan future childcare provision across the two Boroughs.
You can read a summary of our report here: https://www.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/community-information/information-and-advice/information-for-childcare-professionals-working-in-kingston-and-richmond/resources/30-hours-of-funded-childcare-for-working-parents-of-3-and-4-year-olds
NLH Partnership supports a range of projects to develop effective evaluation practice. For example, we recent supported a detached youth work project funded by Big Lottery Fund, Henry Smith Charitable Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation, over a period of three years. The Kent-based ‘Vehicle for Change’ project delivered training, resources and support to isolated young people.
Our support included: developing a theory of change for the project; delivering staff training in effective evaluation methods; developing monitoring and evaluation systems templates and data collection tools; providing on-going advice and support; and conducting annual evaluation reports drawing together project-wide data to highlight the outcomes of the project for young people.
You can find out more about the project here: https://www.ymca.org.uk/latest-news/west-kent-project-driven-forward-by-big-grant
Organisations who want to develop their services often call on NLH Partnership. For example, Island House Community Centre in Tower Hamlets asked us to carry out an Organisational Strength Review to strengthen its capability to bid for and successfully deliver Big Lottery Fund and other projects.
Our work with the organisation’s team and stakeholders resulted in a number of very useful, practical recommendations for the organisation’s development.
NLH Partnership has worked with dozens of organisations to help them develop effective evaluation systems, processes, frameworks, and tools.
Evaluating services for children and families is one of our specialist areas, and we worked with London Borough of Lambeth to develop a Borough-wide Early Intervention and Children’s Centre outcomes framework. This involved: mapping work to develop a Borough-wide, overarching outcomes framework; developing a wide range of bespoke monitoring and evaluation tools and measures for Children’s Centre, early intervention and health teams; and delivering Borough-wide training on effective evaluation methods.
When Big Lottery Fund wanted guidance about how best to tackle the persistent problem of deprivation within one of England’s most socially deprived localities, they commissioned NLH Partnership to carry out the work. We spent a few months conducting an in-depth scoping project in Jaywick, Essex, which included: community engagement work; in-depth consultation with residents, community groups and statutory and voluntary organisations; stakeholder analysis; and a detailed gap analysis.
Since 2017, NLH Partnership has been working with Bromley by Bow Centre in Tower Hamlets to support the evaluation of one of its most innovative projects. The Centre is famed for its pioneering social prescribing work, and we’ve been working to help it evaluate a Big Lottery funded skill-sharing project called EastXchange.
We’re worked with the project to develop monitoring and evaluation tools and processes, and to develop an programme-wide monitoring database. We’re the project’s external evaluators, and are providing on-going evaluation support.