Since June 2006, CSK Strategies has undertaken or is currently undertaking the following consultancy projects:

Community Cohesion and Community Engagement

  • Community Cohesion Strategy for Urban Living, Birmingham & Sandwell’s Housing Market Renewal Partnership
  • Community Engagement Strategy for RENEW North Staffordshire
  • Communicty Impact Assessments of three Urban Living school-based projects
  • Community Cohesion Strategy for RegenCo, the Urban Regeneration Company in Sandwell
  • Implementation of community engagement and consultation for Birmingham’s feasibility study on the development of the A34 corridor and Washwood Heath
  • Implementation of community engagement and consultation for the Health Strategy for North Sparkbrook, Birmingham

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

  • Interim and Final Evaluation of ‘Jobs, Training & Outreach – Sustainable Employment Project’, Kings Norton NDC, Birmingham.
  • Audit of the BEST Network – Birmingham Education, Skills and Training (with St Paul’s Community Development Trust)
  • Final Evaluation of Health Theme, Wolverhampton NDC
  • Evaluation of the redevelopment of an Early Years Centre for North Fulham NDC
  • Evaluation of Lottery-funded community project for Smethwick Bangladeshi Youth Forum
  • Interim Evaluation of Adult Learning & Skills Theme, Wolverhampton NDC
  • Evaluation of Better Neighbourhoods Initiative, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Evaluation of the Youth At Risk NRF programme, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Impact Assessment of Training and Worklessness Initiatives in Sandwell
  • Evaluation of Regeneration Zones in the West Midlands, part of the evaluation of AWM’s delivery mechanisms led by GHK
  • Final evaluation of the ‘Revitalising Inner Rochdale’ SRB5 programme
  • Final evaluation of South Sefton Partnership’s SRB6 programme
  • Evaluation of Birmingham’s SRB5 ‘Family Support: Opportunities for Life and Learning’ programme
  • Final evaluation of the Handsworth Area Regeneration Trust (HART) SRB5 programme, Birmingham
  • Evaluation of improvements to Local Centres in North-West Birmingham
  • Interim evaluation of the Education Strategy, Wolverhampton NDC
  • Baseline study, interim and final evaluation of two NRF projects for Coventry’s Minority Group Support Service
  • Evaluation of AWM and ERDF-funded refurbishment of the Bordesley Centre, Birimingham
  • Evaluation of Basildon’s Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder, ‘Interlock’
  • Analysis of beneficiary outcomes for three ESF projects delivered by Tribal Regeneration in London
  • Analysis of beneficiary outcomes for the Black Leadership Initiaitive
  • Project appraisal and review of project portfolio for the Castle Vale Endowment Trust
  • Evaluation of Aston Pride NDC’s community festival

Strategic Planning and Development

  • Neighbourhood Management Strategic Development and Action Planning for five areas in Birmingha: Soho Finger and Gibb Heath, Glebe Farm and lee village, Washwood Heath, Bordesley Green, Nechells.
  • Delivery partner of MEECOE, the Minority Ethnic Enterprise Centre of Excellence, De Montford University Leicester
  • Economic Development Strategy for Urban Living, as part of a team led by ECOTEC
  • Telford & Wrekin: Prospectus for a Growing and Sustainable Economy
  • Development of a regeneration framework and action plan for Stratford Road and Warwick Road (A34/A41 Corridor), Birmingham, as part of a team led by Ancer Spa
  • Development of a regeneration framework and action plan for Washwood Heath Corridor, Birmingham, as part of a team led by Ancer Spa
  • Wolverhampton NDC Education Strategy Review
  • Development of community-based NRF Health initiatives in Ladywood Constituency, Birmingham
  • Development of Neighbourhood Management for the Hodge Hill Constituency of Birmingham including Neighbourhood Profiling, Consultation and Action Planning
  • Planning for Health in the North Sparkbook Neighbourhood Management area, Birmingham

Training and Facilitation

  • Tutor for British Urban Regeneration Asociation (BURA) delivering two modules:
    Economic Development and Funding
    Research and Data
  • Midlands Regional Partner for the National Neighbourhood Management Network (NNMN) providing:
    regional conference
    regional debate
    peer support groups
  • Facilitator for NNMN Site Visits to Dudley and Telford
  • Training programme for Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Managers and Co-ordinators
  • Away Day for Yardley Constituency’s Community Safety Partnership, Birmingham
  • Away Day for Lozells Neighbourhood Management Board, Birmingham
  • Facilitation of an event to develop the Equality and Diversity component of Dudley’s LAA

Research and Scoping Studies

  • Research into Improving Access to Third Sector Infrastructure Support for Frontline Refugee Organisations in the West Midlands, for the Refugee Strategy Network
  • Research study into residents’ English Language Learning Needs for Aston Pride NDC
  • Study of the impact of public sector commissioning in the West Midlands on the BME Third Sector, for Birmingham Race Action Partnership
  • Scoping study for community and training facilities in Showell Green Lane, Birmingham
  • Case Studies of examples of components of sustainable communities, for BURA
  • Survey of the use of Faith Centres at University Hospital, Birmingham
  • Residents’ Survey for the succession strategy for Basildon’s Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder,’Interlock’

Consultancy Support

  • ABCD (Wolverhampton) NDC, developing a performance management framework and collecting impact data
  • Doncaster NDC, assisting with their Health Strategy (undertaken as a Neighbourhood Renewal Advisor)
  • Programme Development for BURA’s Training Programme

Listed below are some of the projects that CSK Directors have undertaken in previous years:

  • Final Evaluation of the North East London Strategic Health Authority led SRB5, ‘The Health Ladder to Social Inclusion’
  • Evaluation of the mainstreaming partnership of a national EQUAL programme, ASSET UK, for the Refugee Council
  • Performance Management training and development for Nottingham City Council’s Area Committees, highlighting issues relating to Neighbourhood Management
  • Interim Evaluation of Plymouth City Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy
  • Economic Impact Study of Notting Hill Carnival
  • Scoping Study for the development of a Medipark and new college campus in Wolverhampton
  • Partnership development support to the Walsall Borough Strategic Partnership including help in developing Walsall’s Local Area Agreement
  • Development of a Community Engagement Strategy and Action Plan for Urban Living, the Birmingham-Sandwell Housing market renewal Partnership
  • “Managing Diversity in Northern Towns” research – a comparative study of community cohesion policies in four towns in the North West of England. Work undertaken with CRER, Warwick University, for Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Development of successful bids and/or delivery plans for two New Deal for Communities (Wolverhampton, Kings Norton) and involvement in project and partnership development in others (Greets Green and Coventry)
  • Successful bids for SRB programmes in Nuneaton and Leamington
  • Interim and final evaluations of a large number of SRB programmes including Foleshill in Coventry, Madeley Challenge in Telford and Wrekin, South Sefton (Bootle) in Merseyside and Handsworth Area Regeneration Trust in Birmingham
  • Preparation and facilitation of a watershed Health, Social Care and Regeneration Summit in Birmingham
  • Regeneration Strategy and Masterplan Development for Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands
  • Small area data analysis (neighbourhood profiling) in Wolverhampton leading to the preparation of the city’s first Local Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy. Linked with this was assistance in the preparation of Wolverhampton’s first Community Strategy
  • An Impact Evaluation of Rural Regeneration Programmes in the Marches
  • An Economic Study of Birmingham’s Balti Triangle
  • Business Plan for the Dudley Race Equality Council
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Inclusion and Population Growth Strategy for New East Manchester
  • Smethwick Regeneration Partnership’s Succession Strategy