Paul worked with us for a year and was really easy to work with.  He understood our needs and translated it clearly into his practice, initially through a comprehensive presentation at our staff conference, followed by continual responsive liaison and negotiation regarding our research and reporting needs, through to the production of an excellent and impartial final report. The face to face research element of his work was undertaken very sensitively and flexibly, taking into account the audience – staff at all levels and our vulnerable service users. Paul took responsibility for ensuring the commissioned project was completed in the required timescale and coordinated his co-evaluators’ work, to ensure all involved did the same. An absolute pleasure to work with.“ 

Dom Wood, Chief Executive Officer, 1625 Independent People

As a social entrepreneur who prefers to just do, I created and ran at high speed to deliver You Make It’s Ladies Who L-EARN pilot with no real financial investment. When pilot outcomes proved strong, it was invaluable to work with Paul to interrogate and have written documentation of the theory of change behind the programme and its social change outcomes to share with potential investors. I found Paul to be highly organised, sensitive, intelligent and giving in his approach to completing this work, and would have no hesitation in working with him again.“ 

Asma Shah, Founding Director, You Make It

Paul has provided independent research support on a number of our evaluations of complex social interventions, including Bristol Golden Key. He is insightful and dependable – willing to work both alone and as a member of a team. He is not only a skilled researcher, but an excellent communicator who can be relied on for his professional engagement with multiple stakeholders (from board level to service users) and his ability to present robust and well-crafted written reports. He is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to our next opportunity to collaborate.

Professor Richard Bolden, Director of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, University of the West of England

Paul worked with us at the University of Bristol developing an ambitious city-wide project ‘80by18’ designed to support young people from all backgrounds to showcase and access all the resources of the city. During this challenging project, and with very limited resource, he played a hugely important role in terms of developing the ideas, creating a robust approach to the research and actually getting the project implemented. He brings commitment, rigour and a strong ethical perspective to his work and would be an asset to any project.“  

Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures, University of Bristol.

Paul’s contribution to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s impact assessment has been immensely helpful. He worked with us for a number of months, during which he applied his excellent analytical skills to this important area of development for the Foundation. His collegiate and practical approach helped us to develop a project that will be of continuing value to the Foundation.

Jane Steele, Head of Impact and Evaluation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Want to say something about what I’m like to work with, and what my work is like? Please get in touch: contact@paul-strauss.com