Analysing discourse around homelessness in the UK

Jon Flinn Social change and sustainability

DHA is using discourse analysis to help Crisis change the way people in the UK think and talk about homelessness. Crisis are training other charities and journalists based on research into narrative frames which have been shown to build greater public understanding of homelessness and promote the knowledge that it can be ended. Our approach builds on our research of …

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Capturing learning to support young musicians

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Arts and culture

DHA provides media and evaluation support to Elevate, a community-based music programme, which is capturing learning about how to support young musicians. Elevate is a £100,000 project operating in 10 areas of the UK . It receives funding from ABRSM and four royal schools of music. To date, we have secured initial national media coverage as well as articles in …

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Promoting public funding for Scotland’s classical music

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Arts and culture

Scottish members of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) commissioned DHA to create a brochure for a parliamentary reception to promote public funding for classical music. We gathered data through a two-stage research process, using both guided conversations and a simple survey to gather information about the key impacts of the organisations on behalf of whom we were working. This …

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Strengthening capacity to promote healthy soil

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Social change and sustainability

DHA worked with the Sustainable Soils Alliance to strengthen its communications capacity. The Alliance, a membership-based organization, promotes healthy soil as a critical element of tackling the climate crisis. We developed a series of specially designed remote tutorials and hands-on support for the small team of staff to build communications capacity and confidence, ultimately helping the team secure national coverage …

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Creating a clear narrative of people-focused regeneration

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Social change and sustainability

The Regenda Group commissioned DHA to develop a clear and compelling narrative for their eight organizations who operate across the North West of England and offer a range of services and support to ensure the most vulnerable have access to housing, training, childcare, and other opportunities. We created a clear narrative, rationalising how each of the organisations relate to one …

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Championing scalable approaches to improve learning outcomes in Tanzania

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Global development

Over six years DHA advised EQUIP-Tanzania to champion scalable approaches to improve learning outcomes in primary schools, particularly for girls. Working with a team of national and international education specialists, we developed a communications strategy during the inception period and over six years, continued to work with in-country communications staff to ensure social and behaviour change communications, policy advocacy and …

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Telling Sheffield’s story

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Arts and culture

DHA worked with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield’s Culture Consortium to collate and develop a compelling narrative to tell Sheffield’s story. Based on conversations with a range of stakeholders across the city, research into the city’s heritage and its ambitions for the future, the narrative was designed specifically to help Sheffield state its vision for becoming what KPMG calls …

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Finding out what works in cultural interventions

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Arts and culture

DHA supports Create Gloucestershire to develop their evaluation practices and find out what works in cultural interventions. Create Gloucestershire is a regional network of organisations and individuals in the arts and cultural sector. We work collaboratively with them and their stakeholders and delivery partners, to gather data and support a process of reflection and analysis that can inform future planning. …

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Evaluating how to better support artists who work in participatory settings

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Arts and culture

DHA conducted the evaluation for Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s initiative ArtWorks. The initiative supported the education and continuing professional development of artists working in participatory settings. The initiative funded five pathfinder groups around the UK (involving a diverse range of organisations including Creative Scotland, the Barbican Guildhall, Welsh National Opera, People Dancing and the University of Sunderland) and two phases of …

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Examining the role of the British Council in the UK City of Culture programme

Isobel Wilson-Cleary Arts and culture

DHA, working with the Institute of Cultural Capital (University of Liverpool/Liverpool John Moores University), reviewed the role of British Council in the UK City of Culture (UKCC) programme as both a funder and an ‘international partner’. DHA led on the process, reviewing a range of documents and partnership agreements and interviewing internal and external stakeholders. We then workshopped findings with …