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Consultancy & Volunteering Unit

Outline of Services and Approach

The International centre for Community Development, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences London Metropolitan University runs a consultancy unit. The aims and mission of the centre are given in a separate leaflet. This purpose of the consultancy unit is to provide research and consultancy for UK based and international third and public sector organisations committed to working within a community development framework.

The unit works in the following countries:

  • UK
  • India
  • Sierra Leone
  • Rwanda

The unit will offer specific expertise in the following areas

  • Gender training and evaluation
  • Analysis into the impact and reach of violence against women
  • Conflict and post conflict analysis
  • Conflict resolution
  • Cross-religious and cultural dialogue
  • Health education and delivery and service expansion across all sectors.
  • Primary, secondary and higher education.
  • Tourism and the utilisation of cultural heritage
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social Enterprise and corporate responsibility
  • Water, sanitation
  • Urban services
  • Migration Evaluation

The following services will be offered

  • Research for project planning and policy formation.
  • Evaluation of existing programmes
  • Professional and community based training
  • Development of toolkits for use in professional training and community awareness raising.
  • Delivery of Participatory and action led workshops.
  • Consultancy research on the implementation of social enterprise and small business initiatives
  • Development and implantation of community development tools.

Methodology

All consultants will employ a community development approach drawing primarily on action-led and ethnographic, qualitative research techniques. Quantitative data will be collected simultaneously and used to help steer the qualitative and action led emphasis. This combination of approaches ensures both a sense of scope and breath. The Quantitative allows an overview whilst the qualitative enables a much closer and in-depth view to emerge.

The approach will seek to nurture local grass-roots involvement and consultants will work alongside different representative groups in order to draw out a diverse and comprehensive picture of the key issues under study.

Operational Approach

In each country we work with a country coordinator who is also an associate director to the centre. The coordinators are all based in country with considerable expertise in research and consultancy. They take the lead in developing the specific remit and scope of the unit in country. The unit draws on a pool of highly experienced external consultants who additionally hold research fellow positions with ICCD. The unit will contract and oversee the work of these external consultants utilising the university’s financial accounting structures and professional monitoring systems.  Where appropriate, the unit has and is developing partnerships with consultancy agencies in each country to ensure a transparent and efficient service. Overall the University infrastructure that ICDD is based within will ensure the quality and rigour of each project, the partner organisations will help facilitate the logistics of the contract and guarantee financial correctness.

The Director and Coordinator is responsible for monitoring the progress of each contract and ensuring quality control. All reports and documents will be edited by her and other experienced colleagues. 

If you have any further questions on queries about the work and remit of ICCD’s consultancy unit please contact Tamsin Bradley at t.bradley@londonmet.ac.uk

 


 
 
  Page last updated : : 10 May 2012