Feedback from commissioners of br-research
‘Becky has delivered a number of research projects for Homeless Link, most recently as part of our Housing First England project. Becky brings an excellent understanding of the homelessness sector and the issues affecting our members, meaning she approaches and conducts research which is not only grounded in the latest thinking but which is also responsive and sensitive to needs of both frontline services and the individuals they support. This is really important for us, and alongside her exceptional research skills makes her an excellent partner. The way she has worked with us to shape and develop the design of projects has always been highly collaborative. Becky has led on a range of projects involving both quantitative and qualitative methods, and I have been really impressed with the quality and focus of her work. I’d highly recommend working with Becky to others in the sector.’
“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 for example being able to engage with a group (migrant rough sleepers) who are suspicious of anyone seen to be in a position of authority, producing research that was robust and credible and presenting the research at a high profile launch event.
As commissioners of the research we were delighted with the way in which Becky rose to the challenge. 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.”
RIAD AKBAR, TEAM MANAGER HOUSING OPTIONS (SINGLES)
on behalf of No First Night Out Steering Group
“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.”
ANDY MEAKIN, DIRECTOR
VOICES (Fulfilling Lives programme in Stoke-on-Trent)
“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.”
DECLAN FLYNN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
“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.”
PETER WOOD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
“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.”