DMSS Research undertakes research, evaluation,
policy analysis and training in the social care sector


Our experience of evaluating services and programmes ranges from stand-alone local projects to complex national initiatives. We've evaluated diverse programmes, from exploring the impact of the arts on urban regeneration to changing assessment practice in mental health services.

"We required a robust approach from evaluators who had a high degree of insight into the sector, an acute awareness of service user/survivor issues and could work sensitively with a wide range of personnel and give critical feedback to them in an unthreatening manner. I am pleased to report that DMSS met all our expectations and requirements in these regards, and also produced timely, well written reports."

Commissioner, Department of Health

"As a result of the impact study a number of other funders have now joined with us to look at funding more strategic work in this field"

Learning and Development Manager, Comic Relief

Free DMSS guide to project evaluation:

This guide was produced as part of a programme of evaluation and learning support we provided in 2016 to projects funded under the Big Lottery Fund's Women and Girls Initiative.

Recent evaluations:

Evaluation of the Full Effect Project in St Ann’s Nottingham

Evaluation of the Full Effect Project in Nottingham

Funded by The Royal Foundation this was an evaluation of a unique partnership between local schools and grassroots community organisations. Epic Partners and the Community ​Recording Studio (CRS) delivered Full Effect; a project to improve the opportunities for young people and reduce youth violence and gang involvement.

Reports available at these links:

St Christopher's
South Yorkshire
Wigan and Rochdale

Child Sexual Exploitation Innovations projects, March 2017

Four evaluations of projects funded under the Department of Education's Innovation Fund have been led by Sara Scott, working with the University of Bedfordshire and Natcen Social Research. Each project was piloting approaches to keep sexually exploited young people at home/near home/with better family support, avoid 'escalation' to secure/high cost residential care (or repeat use of such) and to achieve this through building strong, meaningful relationships with young people and provide continuity of care.

Evaluation of Barnardo’s Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying project in Yorkshire Report

Barnardo’s Positive Identities project in Yorkshire, June 2016

In April 2015 Barnardo's was awarded one year funding by the Government Equalities Office and Department for Education to help address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in schools. The project worked with two school clusters in Wakefield and Leeds. Our evaluation found that the whole school approach taken by the project had Increased staff awareness of LGBTQ issues, increased confidence in responding to the questions and concerns of students and in tackling HBT bullying; raised students’ awareness of the importance of respect and valuing diversity and increased support for students affected by LGBTQ issues.

Evaluation of Rape Crisis Scotland’s sexual violence prevention project

Rape Crisis Scotland’s sexual violence prevention project, April 2015

The Sexual Violence Prevention Project was run by Rape Crisis Scotland in partnership with 10 Rape Crisis Centres across Scotland. It worked with young people in schools and youth projects on issues relating to sexual violence, including consent, the law and the use of social media. Our evaluation of found that the delivery of workshops had a statistically significant impact on young people’s knowledge and attitudes.