The Centre for Social Research and Evaluation at YMCA George Williams College specialises in research and evaluation projects that are relevant to policy and practice relating to young people, families and communities. The research conducted by the Centre includes academic research projects, policy and practice evaluations, educational studies and community audits. We also deliver training and consultation to community organisations who wish to conduct their own evaluation or action research projects.

Some of our research involves conducting the entire project for an organisation. However, the approach we often adopt involves working alongside an organisation to support them as active agents in their own research or evaluation projects. This is particularly effective for organisations or projects with a small budget for their study as they can commission us to support them in developing the research framework, analysing the data and writing reports whilst actually undertaking the research for themselves.

Outputs from our research have included practitioner-friendly reports, academic papers, conferences and seminar presentations.

A summary of what we are able to offer is below.


Programme Evaluation
Organisation Evaluation
Project Evaluation
Research Design
Data analysis
Support for action research and practitioner or client-led research


Business planning
Capacity building
Project management
Training and development
Developing policy
Leadership consultancy, development and training (through our Centre for Reflective Leadership)

Areas of Expertise

Social pedagogy
Group Work
Youth work, community learning and development
Strategic leadership and management
Ethics and values in education
Youth participation
Faith based youth work
History of youth work
Informal Education
Education and learning (sociological perspectives)


If you would like more information about research, evaluation and consultancy at YMCA George Williams College, please contact

Lesley Buckland

Tel. 020 7540 4928

Email: l.buckland@ymca.ac.uk

Centre for Social Research and Evaluation

YMCA George Williams College
199 Freemasons Rd
Canning Town
E16 3PY

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