Looked After Children Research Coordination


BrightSparks was commissioned by the International Centre for Community Music at York St John University to coordinate and deliver a three-year research project investigating the impact of music making interventions on the Children’s Workforce in Lincolnshire.

This project represents an innovative collaboration between voluntary, statutory and Higher Education partners, leading to a greater understanding of music, and its value as a resource and intervention for CSPs in Lincolnshire.

The research began in February 2016, consisting of a longitudinal study comprising of: participant observation, face-to-face semi-structured interviews, electronic surveys, email interviews, and telephone interviews. A specially designed web portal was developed and focus group discussions were embedded within the last two days of training, to gather a range of rich qualitative data. Case studies were developed and Grounded Theory techniques were used to analyse the data and identify themes.

We anticipate using this tested method as part of the York St John University impact evaluation, utilising a Case Study approach and Ethnography as the primary research methods for the project.

Find out more about Brightsparks' research coordination services here.

Andy Simpson