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Social Research & Evaluation

Independent research, evaluation and consultancy for the homelessness sector.

About br-research

We specialise in the following areas:

  • housing and homelessness
  • multiple and complex needs
  • community and voluntary organisations
  • qualitative and quantitative methods of research and evaluation
  • interviews, workshops, focus groups, research training, and surveys
  • data analysis and report writing.

Approach

br-research focuses on projects that:

  • promote social inclusion and tackle disadvantage
  • find practical solutions to improve services and policy
  • empower participants
  • offer clear, accessible outputs and undertake active
    dissemination to influence change
  • work in creative and innovative ways to test ideas
    and bring about change.

Services

br-research offers a full range of research and related services from project evaluations and in-depth social research to shorter assignments developing policy work, creating case studies and providing targeted research advice.  
Social research projects
We take a rigorous approach to answering research questions or testing a hypothesis, from research design and project management through to dissemination, presenting findings and action planning
Evaluation research
We provide a tailored, independent but supportive evaluation service to help you assess, refine and evidence the work and outcomes of your project and communicate learning and success to stakeholders
Support with monitoring frameworks
We work with project teams to develop theories of change and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
Policy analysis
We undertake desk-based and primary research to provide literature reviews, policy papers and consultation responses on specific policy areas
Advice on research strategy and design
We provide focused advice on the development and design of specific projects and research programmes

People

BECKY RICE

Becky has more than 15 years’ experience in the design and delivery of research, evaluation and policy projects, as well as managing teams delivering statistical analysis, information management and research. She has an MSc in Social Science Research Methods.

Becky specialises in mixed-methods evaluation and research; research with vulnerable groups; research training; peer research; facilitation; focus groups; depth-interviews; surveys; policy analysis; and management and analysis of large datasets.

Becky’s career has focused on social exclusion with extensive experience of research related to homelessness, housing, neighbourhood deprivation, offending and substance misuse, as well as a wider portfolio including the arts and regeneration.

She has conducted research with a broad spectrum of participants including children and young people, street homeless people, street-based sex workers, people with mental health problems and professionals such as front-line workers and directors.

Roles have included Head of Research and Information at St Mungo’s Broadway, Senior Research Officer at Shelter and Research Fellow at University of East London. Becky is a member of professional bodies the Social Research Association, Homeless Link and Clinks.

PARTNERS
Becky collaborates with various partners to provide a high quality and flexible service

TAMSIN SAVAGE
Savage Words

Tamsin provides editorial, and proofreading services for key outputs from br-research. Additional copy writing services can also be organised though Tamsin and Becky, for example for press releases, newsletters and webcopy.

JULIETTE HOUGH
JH Research

Becky and Juliette have worked together on research projects for many years. Juliette provides peer support including quality checking and review of methodologies and research tools.

SALLY CALDWELL
Consultant

Becky and Sally have worked on a number of research projects together. They collaborate on the design of monitoring systems, evaluation of arts projects and data analysis.

NAOMI POLLARD
Researcher

Naomi, formerly Head of Qualitative Research at IPPR, supports Becky with qualitative fieldwork and desk-based research.

PROJECTS

Examples or recent and current projects.

Becky is the Project Manager for the new Atlas of London’s Homelessness Services. The Atlas will be an interactive website enabling users to view data at a pan-London, borough or multi-borough level and build views on data according to their need.

Becky is providing ongoing consultancy to the new Centre for Homelessness Impact. The role includes working on the development of evidence and mapping tools as part of the Centre’s project team.

Following a three-year evaluation, Becky is continuing to work closely with Bench Outreach on service development, monitoring and evaluation. The role includes inputting on service strategy, planning and development, governance and monitoring arrangements for Bench Housing First.

Becky conducted qualitative interviews and focus groups with housing options managers on behalf of Centrepoint for the 2018 research report ‘The Homelessness Reduction Act: Will it work for young people?’

VOICES is the Big Lottery-funded Fulfilling Lives project in Stoke-on-Trent, aimed at bringing about change for people with complex needs (including homelessness, offending and addiction). Becky is the local evaluator for VOICES. Work to date has included facilitating co-production, designing and delivering evaluation training, qualitative interviewing and financial analysis.

In 2015 Becky undertook research into the profile of new rough sleepers for a tri-borough partnership of London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London Borough of Hackney and the City of London to identify groups at risk of rough sleeping. Following the initial research report and development of a local typology of new rough sleepers, Becky was commissioned to undertake the ongoing evaluation of the NFNO pilot project and associated ‘Safe Connections’ project. NFNO and the evaluation have recently been extended for two years.

As part of its recent service transformation, the 999 Club commissioned an independent evaluation which included a developing and refining and Theory of Change and monitoring framework, workshops and interviews with services-users, staff and professional stakeholders and a service-user survey.

Becky undertook a scoping exercise about the housing pathways for offenders and how these have been impacted by Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. This included a desk-top literature review and telephone interviews with a range of stakeholders.

Becky has provided consultancy to the St Mungo’s Research and Policy team to assist in development of proposals and methodological approach for example on research relating to the ‘Stop the scandal’ campaign on mental health and rough sleeping.

Other organisations who have commissioned Becky to undertake independent research and evaluation work include: Jagonari Women’s Centre, Revolving Doors, Shelter, St Mungo’s, SocietyLinks, Toynbee Hall, and Vision Redbridge.

Publications

Examples of reports authored and co-authored by Becky Rice.

Investigating the current and future funding of Housing First in England 

August 2018
Author: Becky Rice

Hard Edges – Reducing the costs of multiple needs to people and services: The second financial analysis of VOICES

June 2018
Author: Becky Rice

East London Housing Partnership – initial research for the New Leaf and New Routes projects

November 2017
Authors: Becky Rice and Christine Spooner

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Bench Housing First – Lessons from the delivery of Housing First in south-east London

December 2017
Authors: Becky Rice

Safe-Connections end of project report

Safe Connections – Sharing learning from a model of intensive reconnections support

May 2017
Authors: Phil Hennessy, Becky Rice, Tamsin Savage & Sylvia Thomas

Independent evaluation of VOICES – systems change report

VOICES
May 2017
Authors: Becky Rice

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No First Night Out – Help for Single Homeless People

Interim report

St Mungo’s, London Borough Hackney, London Borough Tower Hamlets, City of London

February 2016

Prepared by: Becky Rice & Lisa Reed with additional research by Jessica Satchell

Research into the lives of Romanian migrant workers living in encampments in London

Thames Reach
May 2017
Authors: Becky Rice

Hard Edges Stoke-on-Trent – reducing the costs of multiple needs to people and services, a financial analysis of VOICES

VOICES
June 2016
Authors: Becky Rice

No First Night Out – Help for Single Homeless People

St Mungo’s, London Borough Hackney, London Borough Tower Hamlets, City of London
February 2016
Authors: Becky Rice & Lisa Reed

Voices of Experience: how people who drink on the streets can make positive changes in their lives
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Broadway
2011
Funded by the Big Lottery for Research.
Authors: Becky Rice & Juliette Hough

 

Providing personalised support to rough sleepers

Joseph Rowntree Foundation / Broadway
June 2009
Co-authored with Becky Rice
Authors: Becky Rice & Juliette Hough

Profiling London’s Rough Sleepers: a longitudinal analysis of CHAIN data
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2009

Broadway
Authors: Becky Rice, Juliette Hough, Andreas Cebulla, Wojtek Tomaszewski

Against the odds An investigation comparing the lives of children on either side of Britain’s housing divide

SHELTER
November 2006
Authors: Becky Rice

TESTIMONIALS

Feedback from commissioners of br-research.

“Thames Reach commissioned Becky Rice to undertake a piece of research into the lives of Romanian migrant workers living in encampments in London.  Because of Becky’s strong track record for undertaking quality research in the area of housing and homelessness, we were confident that she would produce a high quality piece of research.   There were very specific challenges associated with this research that required an unusual mix of attributes including:

  1. Being able to engage with a group (migrant rough sleepers) who are suspicious of anyone seen to be in a position of authority and to meet them in unconventional places – rough sleeper encampments and nearby cafes.
  2. Being confident about working in tandem with a support worker from Thames Reach who had the necessary language skills to be able to translate responses to the questions asked as part of the research
  3. Working closely with different stakeholders including Thames Reach as commissioners but also engage with the funders of the research and other stakeholders including migrant rights organisations
  4. Producing research that was robust and credible and offered strong recommendations that could be actioned and lead to change
  5. Present the research and answer questions at a high profile launch and support its wider dissemination.

As commissioners of the research we were delighted with the way in which Becky rose to the challenge in all five areas.  She contributed greatly to the work of preparing for the release of the research and was prompt and efficient in terms of producing drafts and responding to comments.  The research was extremely well written and presented and Becky achieved, in my view, the right balance in terms of responding to comments on drafts whilst retaining her control and authority as the author of the research.

The encampments research was gratifyingly well received and the recommendations proposed in it are currently being actioned.  We would certainly be interested in engaging Becky in the future to undertake further research for Thames Reach.”

“Becky has been the local evaluator for VOICES Fulfilling Lives project for over two years.  We are very pleased with the work Becky has delivered for us to date; she has added considerable value to the project with her experience, skills, and networks in the sector.   Becky has delivered on time and communicated with us effectively about progress against our agreed plan, she writes and presents very well with a professional manner that is tailored to the audience.  We have found Becky’s analysis valuable in terms of understanding what we do well and what we also need to improve.  Implementing recommendations made by Becky has undoubtedly improved our project.

Becky has demonstrated an ability to communicate at all levels while working with service users, volunteers, staff, managers, and our project board.  She has demonstrated empathy while involving service users and the ability to adapt research techniques to meet their needs. 

 Overall we have found Becky to be an asset to the project who brings ideas, energy, commitment and integrity to her work. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in appointing her to carry out similar work in future.”

 

“Becky Rice’s groundbreaking research on predictive risk factors to identify potential rough sleepers has been instrumental to the development and implementation of the ‘No First Night Out’ project piloted in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and City of London. Becky’s distribution of risks into a typology of client profiles is truly innovating and provides a blueprint that many other places around the country are looking to follow. It’s valuable research which will shape thinking on this area for some time to come. Becky has worked closely with the Steering Group throughout from conception to completion, and has shown her versatility, delivering high quality work on time and being adept at working with a diverse range of respondents including frontline staff, statutory and voluntary sector partners, as well as homeless people out in the field.”

“Bench Outreach is one of the leading providers of the Housing First approach in London. As part of the development of this service, we employed Becky to lead the evaluation process. We have been hugely impressed by her work, and she has had a major positive impact on the quality of the service. Our team have described her as knowledgeable, thorough, professional, accessible, open, empathic and genuinely interested. We look forward to continuing this very productive relationship with into the future and extending it to our other services.”

“We asked Becky to come in to produce a monitoring and evaluation report for the first year of our Big Lottery project.  In fact she became a key agent of the change in culture that flowed from that project, helping us to think through a Theory of Change, sharing research material with us, working with us to devise service user feedback and consultation mechanisms, and making a series of recommendations, all in a low key style that got messages across without ruffling feathers.  It is that combination of a wide ranging knowledge and a collaborative approach that makes her so effective.”

Contact

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Phone:07811 607679

Professional bodies

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