Evaluation, Community Engagement and Youth Work Specialist
Colin has been an independent consultant since 1999, primarily working on evaluation, community engagement and work with young people. He worked at every conceivable level, having led large scale, multi-annual evaluations of Scotland-wide and pan-London programmes, and having advised the smallest community groups on measuring impact, planning services and influencing stakeholders.
He specialises in supporting organisations to build capacity for self-evaluation and to use the results to improve service design and maximise their impact. He also has extensive experience of supporting community organisations and young people to plan and implement research activity and to use the findings of research to influence funders and other parties.
Colin undertakes organisational reviews for voluntary organisations and advises on governance, strategic planning and management. He has worked extensively for Creative Scotland as an evaluation adviser and has since frequently been commissioned by artists and organisations in the arts sector to support them with business planning and fundraising.
He has a particular expertise in work with young people, and has worked extensively on programme design and evaluation for numerous youth organisations, including the production of a business plan for the establishment of a youth entitlement card for the whole of England.
He worked with the Scottish Community Development Centre on the research that led to the production of the National Standards for Community engagement, and later led the evaluation of the impact of the standards. He regularly supports community, voluntary and public sector organisations to develop and undertake community engagement processes.
He is a director of the Coalition for Racial Equality & Rights, Scotland’s leading policy and research think tank on race issues, and a former director of Lothian Association of Youth Clubs. He lives in central Edinburgh with Laughing Jack, a three legged, one-eyed English Bull Terrier. In his free time he promotes concerts by unpopular touring rock’n’roll bands.
Colin has experience of:
- evaluation and support to self-evaluation
- organisational audit and review
- business planning for new products and services
- design and delivery of community engagement processes