Simon Jaquet

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RESEARCH

Supporting clients to understand the ‘landscape’ of youth and young people’s needs

  • Research with children, young people, parents, practitioners, policy makers
  • Feasibility and scoping studies
  • Needs assessment
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods

Recent examples include:

  • Research for NHS Forth Valley in 2010 into the impact on families and children of a school based healthy eating and fitness programme ‘Max in the middle’. This involved observation, focus groups, and interviews, and shaped the next stage of this programme operating across three local authorities
  • Research (here) for Museums Galleries Scotland in 2009 into the role of museums in developing community cohesion and identity. Working with five museums from across Scotland, this entailed on-site fieldwork with staff, museum visitors, and partner organisations
  • Scoping research for the University of the West of Scotland into new a degree level qualification ‘Working with young people’. This involved consultation with 67 organisations, including regulatory bodies, local authorities and employers in both voluntary and public sectors, and HEIs in Scotland, England, Wales
  • Commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council in 2009 to research and write a resource publication (here) based on the ‘Arts across the Curriculum’ project. Seven Scottish local authorities undertook innovative projects involving team teaching between artists and teachers at both primary and secondary level. The resulting publication, ‘The art of learning’, has been widely distributed to schools in Scotland

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Supporting clients to understand and create the bigger picture and how it shapes practical action

  • Strategic planning
  • Business planning
  • Partnership development and stakeholder management

Recent examples include:

  • A major membership review of Youth Scotland (2008 – 09) – the largest non uniformed youth organisation in Scotland with 600 member groups. This involved focus groups and interviews with professional staff, local authorities, volunteers, and young people
  • Feasibility and scoping work in 2006 for Craigmillar Community Arts (one of the UK’s oldest community arts organisations) to develop a business plan for a new theatre and exhibition space. This required extensive consultation with local and citywide organisations
  • Development of a three year business plan for Edinburgh Young Carers Project in 2010 at a time of significant change for an organisation working with highly vulnerable young people. Consultation with both external stakeholders and staff and young people contributed to the final product
  • A three year business plan and a one year operational plan (2006 – 07) for the Youth 2000 Project, a community based youth project in Midlothian

EVALUATION

Taking the fear out of evaluation for clients and putting in the common sense

  • Development of evaluation ‘tools’
  • Process and outcome evaluation
  • Evaluation of short and long term programmes

Recent examples include:

  • A complex multi-stranded evaluation (here) of three innovative teaching projects (funded through the Future Learning & Teaching Fund) across three local authorities (Glasgow, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire). Commissioned in 2008 by the Education Directorate of the Scottish Government, the evaluation assessed: project outcomes achieved; impact on participants and partners; value for money; lessons for policy and practice
  • Several evaluations (2005 – 2010) for Edinburgh Young Carers Project, an organisation working with highly vulnerable young people. These have included: an evaluation of 16+ transitions for young carers; the two year evaluation of a collaborative theatre project with the Lyceum Theatre; the evaluation of a programme of residential experiences
  • The evaluation (here) of the Museums Galleries Scotland Recognition Scheme (2010) involving both qualitative research (with museums, galleries, and other stakeholders) and quantitative work (through an online survey). The evaluation engaged all 36 nationally recognised collections in the Scheme, and contributed to the further development of the Scheme at both strategic and operational levels
  • The three year (2005 – 08) evaluation of EH22, a detached youth work programme run by Youth 2000 Project in Midlothian. Combining elements of both process and outcome evaluation, the evaluation involved close working with young people, youth workers, partner organisations, and the local community.

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Releasing the potential of organisations to achieve their dreams

  • Organisational reviews
  • Management of change and ‘troubleshooting’
  • Leadership development
  • Staff and Board development
  • Volunteer development (especially youth volunteering)
  • Facilitation of meetings, consultations, and conferences

Recent examples include:

  • The three year, England-wide, evaluation of the Volunteer Development Project in the Churches Conservation Trust (2008 – 11). Funded by ‘v’, this aims to develop a range of models of youth volunteering within this heritage organisation. The evaluation links ‘on-the-ground’ volunteering practice to organisational strategy, and involves fieldwork with volunteers, staff, community groups, and partner agencies
  • Researching and writing two publications for the Scottish Government’s Volunteering Action Plan in 2008 – ‘No Limits: volunteering as a model of youth development’ (here) and ‘Amazing Things: a guide to the youth awards in Scotland’ (here), the latter now into its third edition
  • Working as a member of Charity Aid Foundation’s team of specialist business development consultants 2005 – 08. This included undertaking organisational reviews of a wide range of local, regional, and national charities. Clients included a regional youth action charity based in Birmingham, a youth support organisation in Nottingham, a special needs organisation in Norwich using music to support children and their carers, and a grassroots youth empowerment organisation based in Wolverhampton
  • An organisational review for the Eric Liddell Centre in Edinburgh in 2009. Examined and reviewed the role and functions of this community based social enterprise hub, providing a range of care, youth and business services to the local community
  • An organisational review and external stakeholder consultation in 2006 -07 for the Borders Voluntary Youth Work Forum (now Youth Borders). Both exercises led to the creation of a three year business plan for the organisation, a name change, and a renewed vision
 

Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services Ltd, 69 Restalrig Road, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8BG  T: 07789 658291