Generating insight to tackle inequality. Involving people to create social change.

Inclusive Insight works with organisations to gather insight, improve policy and practice and embed the participation of people affected by social issues in strategy and decision making.

We are passionate about the power of participation and believe that people and communities need to be in the lead to create meaningful change. We specialise in engaging all stakeholders in research, evaluation and decision-making processes and translating complex findings and concepts into accessible outputs: supporting partners, commissioners, and people affected by social challenges to interpret findings and make informed decisions.

We specialise in projects that are focused on homelessness, housing and accommodation, multiple disadvantage, health and migration. Within our wider network we have a range of experts who can collaborate on related areas of focus

 

Generating insight to tackle inequality. Involving people to create social change.

How can we help?

We offer a range of services that includes delivering social research and evaluation, supporting coproduction and service user participation and training or facilitation. Often the projects we work on will contain a mix of all three of these elements. Our projects are tailored to meet the needs of commissioners with a focus on championing the voice of people affected by the issues we are trying to address.

Social Research and Evaluation – Inclusive Insight

Social research and evaluation

Coproduction and participative approaches – Inclusive Insight

Coproduction and participative approaches

Training and Facilitating – Inclusive Insight

Training and facilitation

Social Research and Evaluation – Inclusive Insight

Social research and evaluation

Our passion for participation has been a driving force in our work. We have extensive experience working with charities, statutory bodies and academic partnerships to bring the voice of “lived experience” to strategy development, commissioning and service design. We can support with one-off coproduction session through to full overhauls of strategies informed by people who access services. This includes delivering Patient Public Involvement in health and academic settings.

Coproduction and participative approaches

Our passion for participation has been a driving force in our work. We have extensive experience working with charities, statutory bodies and academic partnerships to bring the voice of “lived experience” to strategy development, commissioning and service design. We can support with one-off coproduction session through to full overhauls of strategies informed by people who access services. This includes delivering Patient Public Involvement in health and academic settings.

Coproduction and participative approaches – Inclusive Insight
Training and Facilitating – Inclusive Insight

Training and facilitation

We bring people together to share insights, collaborate and learn. We facilitate meetings and workshops that are dynamic, exciting, and innovative, specializing in creating spaces where all participants can engage on a level footing. We have trained and facilitated workshops for a range of audiences including health and social care professionals, commissioners and people who use services themselves. Topics for training could include health inequality, coproduction/participation, peer-support and participative research.

Current Commissioners

People

Martin Burrows

Martin is the founder of Inclusive Insight and works across a range of research and evaluation projects for third sector partners and academic institutions. Since 2010 he has worked with not-for-profits to tackle multiple disadvantage and health inequality. Previously Martin was Director of Research and Campaigns at Groundswell leading the organisation’s research and systems change work including its social enterprise consultancy, supporting partner organisations to create insight, articulate and set strategies and embed learning. He has extensive project management experience and has delivered projects for commissioners including: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; NHS England; The Greater London Authority; Newcastle City Council; Crisis; Shelter; Manchester University; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; King’s College London. Before Martin joined Groundswell, he worked for a range of homelessness organisations in the UK and abroad, including with Crisis, Broadway, Homeless Link and Casa Ioana (Bucharest). He has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Social Sciences which informs his research and policy-based work.

To find out more about his previous work and publications see his linkedin.

Associates

Dr Simone Helleren

For over 20 years Simone has worked across voluntary and statutory sectors as a facilitator, project manager and commissioner of research and training programmes with diverse groups. While the roles, contexts and approaches have changed, Simone has consistently worked towards working collaboratively towards social justice for groups at the sharp end of inequality.

A qualitative and creative methods expert, Simone has used approaches including Grounded Theory, creative, visual and theatre methods, and Q Methodology. Simone bridges the gap between academic and practice-based approaches developing coproduced and useful knowledge for and social change.

 

Professor Mike Seal

Mike has been involved in the homeless, drugs, youth work and academic fields as client, worker, manager and researcher for 30 years, specialising in co-production. He was involved in setting up Groundswell in 1996. He is a National Teaching Fellow, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts for his work on homelessness in 2009. He has led and co-produced research projects on probation, the prison service, drugs services, youth violence, Muslim participation in public life, multiple disadvantage, entrenched rough sleeping and exploring the experiences of BME, LGBTQ+, disabled and students with mental health issues experiences in University. He has written f15 books, 21 book chapters, 12 peer reviewed journal articles and 29 other publications in these areas. This has included four books on homelessness, several guides on client involvement, co-production and participatory research.  He is a director of two social enterprises, the BLESST Centre, (Building, Learning, Education, Safe space, Transition), a Black Community work organisation in Birmingham running programmes for young offenders and Community Criminology CIC, a project working inclusively with people to gain new insights into social harm and social justice in Birmingham.

 

Mike ‘Spike’ Hudson

Spike is a freelance researcher with over 20 years of experience in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. This includes 10 years leading his own social enterprise delivering community-based projects in a deprived inner London area utilising the skills of ‘experts by experience’. He has delivered projects for the Museum of Homelessness, Emmaus UK, Crisis/Off the Streets and into Work, Business Link, and Groundswell. He began his freelance career after being a Project worker on Groundswell’s Enterprise into Action programme encouraging homeless people to utilise grants and tools to develop enterprise and employment solutions. Spike is currently a board member of Emmaus International.

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