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Evaluation of the What Works for you (WW4U) programme: Exeter Community Housing Aid

Evaluation of the What Works for you (WW4U) programme: Exeter Community Housing Aid

19/05/2017


Exeter Community Housing Aid has commissioned SERIO to undertake a 1 year evaluation of their What Works For You (WW4U) programme in Exeter.

SERIO undertakes the evaluation of an exciting

SERIO undertakes the evaluation of an exciting 'SkillsPlanner' initiative.

19/05/2017


SERIO is undertaking the evaluation of an exciting Ethos-led initiative 'SkillsPlanner' which aims to address the construction industry skills shortage.

SERIO at Plymouth University set to evaluate a £15million programme aimed at tackling social isolation and loneliness among older people in Torbay.

SERIO at Plymouth University set to evaluate a £15million programme aimed at tackling social isolation and loneliness among older people in Torbay.

08/04/2016


Researchers at Plymouth University have been awarded a six year contract to evaluate the Ageing Well Torbay Programme. The team includes staff from SERIO, an applied research unit and Ian Sheriff and Professor Ray Jones.

Serio attends the launch of SkillsPlanner at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Serio attends the launch of SkillsPlanner at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

06/04/2016


February saw the official launch of SkillsPlanner at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 24 February. Inspired by Tideway CEO Andy Mitchell and Seme4's Sir Nigel Shadbolt, more construction companies joined the SkillsPlanner project and existing stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment.

Social Enterprise in a global context: the role of Higher Education Institutes

Social Enterprise in a global context: the role of Higher Education Institutes

14/10/2015


The British Council has commissioned SERIO, and colleagues in Futures Entrepreneurial Centre, at Plymouth University to undertake a global study to inform Social Enterprise policy.

SERIO to conduct an evaluation of SkillsPlanner

SERIO to conduct an evaluation of SkillsPlanner

12/10/2015


Over the next two years SERIO will be evaluating an exciting new Ethos-led initiative 'SkillsPlanner' which aims to solve skills shortages in the construction industry.

SERIO to conduct an evaluation Our Urban Shop Project

SERIO to conduct an evaluation Our Urban Shop Project

20/01/2015


SERIO will once again be working as evaluation partners for the Plunkett Foundation to evaluate the Our Urban Shop project.

Making art accessible

Making art accessible

16/01/2015


A pioneering partnership has been awarded funding to make the arts available to people whose physical disabilities may have prevented them from engaging with it in the past. The project aims to use innovative digital technology to take art into community.

SERIO to undertake a Skills Audit across Plymouth and its Travel to Work Area

SERIO to undertake a Skills Audit across Plymouth and its Travel to Work Area

23/09/2014


SERIO have been commissioned by Plymouth City Council to carry out a Skills Audit to better understand the educational offer and skills provision available within Plymouth.

SERIO to review the Torbay Vulnerability Forum, an innovative approach to multi-agency working

SERIO to review the Torbay Vulnerability Forum, an innovative approach to multi-agency working

04/07/2014


SERIO have been commissioned to carry out a review of the Torbay Vulnerability Forum.

Nightstop

Nightstop

26/06/2014


SERIO will be working with Community Housing Aid and Encompass South West as their evaluation partner following their successful bid to the Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund to extend the existing Nightstop Devon project into Northern Devon.

SW AHSN Developing a Health and Life Science Database for the South West Region

SW AHSN Developing a Health and Life Science Database for the South West Region

26/06/2014


SERIO has recently been commissioned by the South West Academic Health Science Network, which works across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, to develop a health and life science database (HLSD) to support their work.

Oral health promotion messages for dental health professionals:  SERIO to review evidence for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Oral health promotion messages for dental health professionals: SERIO to review evidence for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

23/06/2014


SERIO has been commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to carry out a systematic review of research on the promotion of oral health care messages.

SERIO to Conduct New Longitudinal Business Survey for Superfast Cornwall

SERIO to Conduct New Longitudinal Business Survey for Superfast Cornwall

02/01/2014


SERIO has been appointed by Cornwall Development Company to undertake a longitudinal survey of businesses connected to Superfast Cornwall, the largest ever single European investment in superfast broadband infrastructure.

SERIO and Buckman Associates publish new research on the economic impact of Superfast Cornwall

SERIO and Buckman Associates publish new research on the economic impact of Superfast Cornwall

14/11/2013


A team led by SERIO and including experts from across Plymouth University, in collaboration with Buckman Associates, are working with the Cornwall Development Company (CDC) to provide an independent assessment of the impact of Superfast Cornwall.

SERIO leads Devon County Councils Workforce Skills Research Programme 2013-16

SERIO leads Devon County Councils Workforce Skills Research Programme 2013-16

11/11/2013


Devon County Council has appointed SERIO to run a 'Workforce Skills Research Programme' spanning a three-year period from April 2013 to March 2016.

Exeter City Council Workforce Skills Business Survey

Exeter City Council Workforce Skills Business Survey

11/11/2013


Exeter City Council commissioned SERIO to conduct a telephone survey with 248 Exeter-based businesses between July and August 2013.

SERIO manage large-scale Return to Practice (Nursing) Placement Survey

SERIO manage large-scale Return to Practice (Nursing) Placement Survey

11/11/2013


The South West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) commissioned Plymouth University's Faculty of Health, Education and Society to review the implications of supporting returning to nursing students.

Market research to support the Real Ideas Organisation

Market research to support the Real Ideas Organisation

11/11/2013


The Real Ideas Organisation, a Community Interest Company that uses social enterprise to create new opportunities for young people and adults, approached SERIO to conduct some market research.

SERIO Explores Attitudes to Higher Education amongst Students, Pupils and Parents

SERIO Explores Attitudes to Higher Education amongst Students, Pupils and Parents

16/10/2013


SERIO has been commissioned by the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) to undertake a study of awareness, perceptions and attitudes towards higher education in Cornwall amongst students, pupils and parents.

SERIO working with Literature Works (formerly Cyprus Well) to better understand the literary sector

SERIO working with Literature Works (formerly Cyprus Well) to better understand the literary sector

15/10/2013


SERIO has been commissioned by Literature Works to produce a series of reports aimed at getting to grips with how the sector is defined and funded.

SERIO supports Plymouth Fairness Commission

SERIO supports Plymouth Fairness Commission

15/10/2013


SERIO has been commissioned to undertake research on behalf of Plymouth Fairness Commission.

A Growth Prospectus for Taunton

A Growth Prospectus for Taunton

15/10/2013


SERIO has been commissioned by Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council to produce an 'audit' of Taunton.

SERIO supports Plymouth Fairness Commission

SERIO supports Plymouth Fairness Commission

15/10/2013


SERIO has been commissioned to undertake research on behalf of Plymouth Fairness Commission.

SERIO evaluate initiatives for SHINE50Plus

SERIO evaluate initiatives for SHINE50Plus

04/10/2013


Shine was one of 37 organisations selected by the Big Lottery to partake in the Daily Mail Silver Dreams Project in 2012.

SERIO project manage the Social Enterprise University Enterprise Networks Evaluation of the Higher Education Support Programme

SERIO project manage the Social Enterprise University Enterprise Networks Evaluation of the Higher Education Support Programme

01/10/2013


The Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network (SE-UEN) were commissioned in Autumn 2012 to evaluate the Higher Education Support Programme led by UnLtd and funded by HEFCE.

SERIO support the Northern Devon Employment & Skills Board to research skills in North Devon and Torridge

SERIO support the Northern Devon Employment & Skills Board to research skills in North Devon and Torridge

01/10/2013


SERIO were commissioned by the Northern Devon Employment & Skills Board to provide the skills and expertise required to enable them to survey businesses in North Devon and Torridge.

SERIO to Carry Out Market Research for the Royal Society of Chemistry

SERIO to Carry Out Market Research for the Royal Society of Chemistry

31/10/2012


SERIO have recently been commissioned to carry out a national study of the challenges facing SMEs in the chemical science industry and their support needs.

Informing the IET: SERIO to Conduct Research on the

Informing the IET: SERIO to Conduct Research on the 'Intelligent Future Cities' Concept

24/10/2012


SERIO has been commissioned by the Institute of Engineering and Technology to conduct research that provides a robust evidence base to support its public engagement activity in relation to Intelligent Future Cities.

SERIO Assesses the Impact of Making Local Food Work

SERIO Assesses the Impact of Making Local Food Work

24/10/2012


Drawing upon 87 different sources of evidence, SERIO identified the changes the MLFW programme brought about for food enterprises, their members, stakeholders and local people.

SERIO to develop an Index of Culture for Plymouth

SERIO to develop an Index of Culture for Plymouth

17/10/2012


This project builds on SERIO's existing cultural impact studies and comes at an exciting time for the City, in the midst of bold developments to the 'cultural offer'.

Screening for Anal Cancer: SERIO to Review Literature for UK National Screening Committee

Screening for Anal Cancer: SERIO to Review Literature for UK National Screening Committee

16/04/2012


SERIO has been commissioned by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) to review the research available on screening for Anal Cancer. The UK NSC advises Ministers and the NHS in the four UK countries about all aspects of health screening.

SERIO wins funding from Vice-Chancellor

SERIO wins funding from Vice-Chancellor's Community Research Awards

02/04/2012


SERIO is delighted to have won funding from the Vice- Chancellor's Community Research Awards to help the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) understand the impact of professionalised student volunteering.

Obstacles to Export Growth for Agrifood SMEs

Obstacles to Export Growth for Agrifood SMEs

21/02/2012


In October 2011 SERIO was commissioned by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to investigate obstacles to export growth for agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

SERIO increases its Portfolio of Research on behalf of Making Local Food Work

SERIO increases its Portfolio of Research on behalf of Making Local Food Work

21/02/2012


SERIO has recently been commissioned by Making Local Food Work to explore the economic impact of community food enterprises.

The Cornwall Enterprise Programme: SERIO to underpin economic regeneration activities with business informed research

The Cornwall Enterprise Programme: SERIO to underpin economic regeneration activities with business informed research

21/02/2012


SERIO is now beginning the research element of the Cornwall Enterprise Programme, which is a business improvement initiative, funded by ERDF Convergence and HEFCE.

SERIO to conduct research for the Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network

SERIO to conduct research for the Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network

21/02/2012


SERIO is carrying out a literature review on behalf of the Plymouth University led Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network (SE-UEN).

Beacon South West Business Barometer Survey

Beacon South West Business Barometer Survey

21/02/2012


Working alongside Beacon South West, SERIO recently completed a business barometer survey for Beacon which captured the views of high growth businesses in the region.

Screening for Physical Activity Levels: SERIO to Review Literature for National Screening Committee

Screening for Physical Activity Levels: SERIO to Review Literature for National Screening Committee

07/12/2011


SERIO has been commissioned by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) to review the research available on The General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPPAQ).

SERIO wins Dairy Cooperative Survey for the Fifth Year Running

SERIO wins Dairy Cooperative Survey for the Fifth Year Running

07/11/2011


SERIO has just been commissioned to conduct a membership and provision survey for Milk Link, one of the UK's dairy cooperatives. The research will include the delivery of a telephone survey amongst 300 farmers who are all members of Milk Link.

Perceptions of Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC)

Perceptions of Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC)

04/11/2011


SERIO has undertaken research into perceptions of Higher Education and of CUC within Cornwall, amongst the public, businesses, those providing career advice and key stakeholders.

Opportunity for Free Research with Plymouth University

Opportunity for Free Research with Plymouth University

28/09/2011


Plymouth University has launched its 2011-12 Community Research Awards. The Awards provide community groups, charities and social enterprises with an opportunity to find out more about an issue or topic relevant to their organisation.

Impact Evaluation of the British Art Show in Plymouth

Impact Evaluation of the British Art Show in Plymouth

07/09/2011


SERIO has completed an impact evaluation of the British Art Show in Plymouth, 2011.

SERIO to Advise on the Evaluation of Superfast Cornwall

SERIO to Advise on the Evaluation of Superfast Cornwall

30/08/2011


SERIO has been commissioned to provide guidance and advice on the evaluation of the Superfast Cornwall project, and to undertake key tasks for the evaluation itself.

Evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss Project

Evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss Project

30/08/2011


SERIO, in collaboration with Plymouth University's School of Social Work, has completed an evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss project in order to assess its impact on project participants and its overall effectiveness.

Businesses are Feeling More Positive About the Future

Businesses are Feeling More Positive About the Future

05/08/2011


The findings from the South West Business Survey, undertaken by SERIO, suggest that businesses view the worst of the downturn to be over, with nearly a third indicating they are more confident about their future prospects compared with the previous year.

Research by SERIO on Behalf of Plymouth University Continues to Inform the Higher Education Sector

Research by SERIO on Behalf of Plymouth University Continues to Inform the Higher Education Sector

04/07/2011


An article published in the Guardian by Kim Catcheside highlights warnings raised by Plymouth University in light of changes in the fees structure and new global competition.

Social Enterprises: SERIO Article in Public Servant

Social Enterprises: SERIO Article in Public Servant

20/06/2011


An article looking at the factors needed to support growth for social enterprises has been published in Public Servant. The article focuses on research by SERIO which evaluated the impact of specialist support for social enterprises.

Firework Events: do they contribute to the economy?

Firework Events: do they contribute to the economy?

08/06/2011


SERIO has just completed a desk-based review of the economic impact of hosting/ and sponsoring a major fireworks championships.

America

America's Cup Will be a Welcome Boost to the Economy

07/06/2011


In September 2011 Plymouth will be hosting the second round of the America's Cup World Series, renowned for being the world's most prestigious sailing event.

New Version of the Magenta Book Launched

New Version of the Magenta Book Launched

01/06/2011


HM Treasury has just launched the new revised version of The Magenta Book. This guidance covers all aspects of evaluation and is suitable not just for policy makers but any organisation contemplating undertaking or commissioning an evaluation.

SERIO Research Helps the Blue Mile Expand

SERIO Research Helps the Blue Mile Expand

26/04/2011


SERIO was commissioned to conduct a socio-economic assessment of the inaugural Blue Mile event in Plymouth in July 2010. Following on from the success of the event and the research findings, it has just been announced that it will become a national event.

ESF Evaluation in the Isles of Scilly

ESF Evaluation in the Isles of Scilly

20/04/2011


SERIO has been commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the ESF Progressive Isles Project in the Isles of Scilly.

SERIO in Times Higher Education

SERIO in Times Higher Education

17/03/2011


An article about how universities are positioning themselves in the emerging higher education marketplace, based on research by SERIO, features in today's Times Higher Education.

SERIO in Public Servant

SERIO in Public Servant

22/02/2011


An article examining the potential for a private sector-led economic recovery in Plymouth, based on research by SERIO, was published in the March issue of Public Servant.

Blue Mile

Blue Mile

15/02/2011


July 2010 saw hundreds of Plymouth visitors take to the water - swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding - as part of the Blue Mile, a two-day event designed to encourage engagement with and appreciation of the marine environment.

Culture and Regeneration - Opportunities for Plymouth

Culture and Regeneration - Opportunities for Plymouth

11/02/2011


SERIO were commissioned by the Plymouth Culture Board to identify and review the available evidence on the potential contribution of culture to the regeneration of Plymouth.

FiftyFour

FiftyFour

11/02/2011


SERIO carried out research into 16 potential international markets, spread across six continents, for a Plymouth-based high-performance sailing brand.

Devonport Impact Assessment

Devonport Impact Assessment

11/02/2011


SERIO, in partnership with Plymouth University Business School and ekosgen, has been commissioned to assess the socio-economic impact of the recent Strategic Defence and Security Review on Plymouth and the surrounding area.

Seasonal Food

Seasonal Food

10/02/2011


In 2010 SERIO carried out a consumer research study for Defra, looking at current awareness, attitudes and behaviour towards seasonal food.

PROTTEC

PROTTEC

10/02/2011


PROTTEC was a European Union funded project which brought together Plymouth University with four other universities in England and France to explore the transfer of knowledge and innovation generated by publicly-funded research.

Integrated Offender Management

Integrated Offender Management

10/02/2011


Following on from their development of a monitoring framework for Plymouth's integrated offender management scheme, Seven 2 One, SERIO have been commissioned to carry out a review of the costs and potential savings generated by the programme.

Killala Bay - Feasibility Study

Killala Bay - Feasibility Study

09/02/2011


SERIO undertook an economic impact assessment of the proposal to sink a decommissioned warship in Killala Bay in the Republic of Ireland, using knowledge of a similar project undertaken in Whitsand Bay, Cornwall.

Milk Link Membership Survey

Milk Link Membership Survey

09/02/2011


Since 2006 SERIO have carried out an annual members survey for Milk Link, a farmer-owned UK dairy cooperative.

Co-Active

Co-Active

09/02/2011


SERIO were commissioned by Co-Active, a social enterprise support organisation, to evaluate their business support programme in the Cornwall Convergence Area and benchmark its performance against the support provided in the wider South West region.

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

09/02/2011


SERIO were commissioned by Plymouth University to establish the market for flexible, career-related learning in the South West.

Ocean Studios

Ocean Studios

07/02/2011


The redevelopment of the historical Royal William Yard has been at the heart of Plymouth's recent regeneration. However, one major building remains derelict which a group of local artists propose to transform into studio space.

Mapping Local Food Webs

Mapping Local Food Webs

07/02/2011


In 2009 SERIO were commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to evaluate a project to map local food economies.

Combined Universities in Cornwall

Combined Universities in Cornwall

07/02/2011


In 2009 SERIO were commissioned to evaluate the communications strategy of a partnership of universities and colleges in Devon and Cornwall.

GAIN Innovation Network

GAIN Innovation Network

07/02/2011


Network (GAIN) - a partnership between the South West RDA, Plymouth University and Plymouth City Council - commissioned SERIO to conduct an assessment of the city's baseline position with regard to innovation.

Enterprising Universities

Enterprising Universities

07/02/2011


SERIO, in partnership with Teesside University, is leading a project to better understand the new marketspace that the enterprise agenda is creating for the higher education sector.

Plymouth Sector Skills Audit

Plymouth Sector Skills Audit

07/02/2011


The Plymouth Employment and Skills Board contracted SERIO to carry out an in-depth analysis of the employment and skills needs of businesses in the city's six priority sectors.

VCS Apprenticeship Scheme

VCS Apprenticeship Scheme

05/02/2011


SERIO evaluated the VCS Apprenticeship Scheme for the Voluntary Sector Training Alliance (ViSTA) between 2007 and 2010.

Making Local Food Work

Making Local Food Work

04/02/2011


SERIO were commissioned in 2010 to evaluate the overarching impact of Making Local Food Work, a portfolio of ten projects aimed at promoting community food enterprise across the UK, funded by the Big Lottery.

Nightstop Devon

Nightstop Devon

01/02/2011


In 2010 SERIO were commissioned by Community Housing Aid to evaluate Nightstop, a service providing emergency accommodation for homeless young people. The study examined the need for and access to the service across Devon.

Design of the Times

Design of the Times

10/01/2011


SERIO are conducting a longitudinal evaluation of the Design of the Times (Dott) programme, to assess its impact on Cornwall.

Grassroots Grants Evaluation

Grassroots Grants Evaluation

04/01/2011


SERIO were commissioned in January 2011 to evaluate Grassroots Grants, a small grant giving programme, administered by the Devon Community Foundation.

Macmillan Volunteers

Macmillan Volunteers

25/11/2010


SERIO have recently won funding from the Plymouth University Community Research Awards to help Macmillan Cancer Support investigate how to identify, attract and retain good quality volunteers.

Social Enterprise in a global context: the role of Higher Education InstitutesThe British Council has commissioned SERIO, and colleagues in Futures Entrepreneurial Centre, at Plymouth University to undertake a global study to inform Social Enterprise policy.
SERIO to conduct an evaluation of SkillsPlannerOver the next two years SERIO will be evaluating an exciting new Ethos-led initiative 'SkillsPlanner' which aims to solve skills shortages in the construction industry.
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