A significant part of my work involves providing clients with an independent assessment of potential and actual projects which then informs their decision-making.
Feasibility studies are vital in assessing and identifying the best route to take. I have undertaken large-scale studies assessing and costing options to provide a well-evidenced recommendation and enable my clients to take informed decisions. Projects undertaken of a large scale include; a major site options appraisal for Powys County Council Archives, a major national outreach scheme for the Parliamentary archives, and collaborative working across a number of archive service consortia.
Evaluation assesses individual projects for their impact and goal delivery. Through my evaluation work I enable clients to assess whether resources have been effectively used, evidence success, assist future planning and develop arguments for future investment. I have evaluated the wide range of projects including the Government Policy on Archives ‘Archives in the 21st Century’, the needs of academic researchers for The National Archives and the two major ‘Skills for the Future’ archive training programmes funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in England and Scotland.
Research provides new evidence and insights into a specific area. Research is a central part of my work and vital to enabling clients to understand the context within which they are operating. I often undertake research specific to individual clients such as assessing the significance of individual collections, looking at the work of comparator organisations or understanding stakeholder requirements. I have also undertaken research on wider archival issues notably into The Benefits of Capital Investment in Archives. I can also deliver high quality market research with my associate DJS Research.