A classroom in Sierra Leone with a girl in the front wearing a white blouse, blue skirt and a big smile while she reads from a textbook

Safe, inclusive, quality learning in Sierra Leone

Jon Flinn Global development

Sierra Leone’s education system has been impacted by several major emergencies in recent decades – from civil war, to Ebola, to COVID19. Yet its actors are committed to delivering improvements in education outcomes, specifically in terms of attendance, performance, safety and inclusion. Leh Wi Lan is part of the Sierra Leone Secondary Education Improvement Programme II (SSEIP II), which is …

A group of smiling school children in blue school uniform and white shirts walk away from school towards the camera

Quality learning for all children in Tanzania

Jon Flinn Global development

While most children go to school in Tanzania, education outcomes remain challenging with only 8% of students reaching the national benchmark for reading fluency and 12% reaching the arithmetic benchmark. This is in part because better access to basic education and population growth haven’t been matched by a corresponding increase in teachers. Shule Bora is UK aid-funded programme designed to …

An illustrated image of children in a classroom in Northwest Syria. They are colourfully dressed and sit at desks facing a teacher who stands in front of a blackboard.

Keeping schools open in Northwest Syria

Jon Flinn Global development

Northwest Syria is one of the most challenging contexts in which humanitarian actors work. Keeping schools open and ensuring children are safe to learn are essential to building hope for future generations. The Syria Education Programme – known locally as ‘Manahel’ – is a five-year programme funded by UK International Development and implemented by Chemonics to provide access to safe, …

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 …

Graphic of Scotland showing classical music provision

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 …

Fields - half healthy and green and the other half straw-like

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 …

Tanzanian children in school uniform lined up and singing

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 …

Park Hill Flats Sheffield: Mid 20th century concrete flats with color blocks of decoration

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 …