Seems like University research projects are like buses. You wait patiently for one and the three come along at once!
Loudmouth have been asked to take part in 3 different research / evaluation projects by UK universities. We have always researched our work and evaluate all of our programmes as believe strongly in an evidence based approach to help us shape our work.
The first is a project by the University of Sunderland and funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award. This aims to enable a better understanding of the kinds of information and interventions on digital intimacies that may be most useful to young people. This is to help shape shape the form that school based sex and relationships education will address topics like pornography, sexting and use of online media.
The second is with Coventry University. They are working with the NSPCC to research intervention provision for CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation). They re undertaking a review as the NSPCC want to understand the provision available for young people in relation to CSE, to understand what is already available, how they evaluate their services and service users experiences. We are helping with a face to face interview and insight into our approach.
The last is an exciting opportunity with the School of a Psychology at the University of Birmingham. This time it is a project specifically evaluating Loudmouth’s approach to educating young people on CSE. It is early days for this but a fantastic chance to get clear external and independent data of our popular Working for Marcus programme.
We will keep you updated on these as we get more information and will share any results we can.
If you are a university who is interested in our work then contact us on 0121 446 4880. The more buses the better.