Employability Services Evaluation
Evaluation of IFI / DE Youth Works Pilot Programme
LOCUS is a local regeneration consultancy business which was established in 1996 to provide professional consultancy services in the areas of:
Ciaran Boylan and Maria Curran are the partners, both of which have extensive
experience of local regeneration since the inception of LOCUS, during which time our clients have included:
The nature of our work includes:
LOCUS prides itself on our ability to offer clients tailored services that meet their needs. We have an excellent working knowledge of the regeneration environment locally, regionally, nationally and within a European context. Key characteristics of our service include:
Research is an integral part of all LOCUS assignments. The nature of such research
includes for example:
Our research service is delivered in an objective and professional manner using qualified personnel. All primary research fi ndings are analysed using the widely recognised SPSS package and presented in a comprehensive and detailed report for clients. Such reports will always include a critical appraisal of the implications of the fi ndings for the client, by way of conclusions and recommendations, many of which have informed policy development and local regeneration decisions at a local and regional level.
Clients for whom we have conducted research include:
Belfast City Council
North Belfast Partnership
LOCUS has extensive experience in the completion of Project and Programme Evaluation. Our comprehensive methodologies involve working closely with clients to develop robust and thorough monitoring and evaluation systems that will enable clients to gather information that will determine performance. The implementation of our evaluation methodologies includes:
Development of baselines against which performance can be measured;
Identifi cation of performance indicators;
Measurement of performance indicators using quantitative and qualitative analysis;
Detailed reporting on performance;
Advising on recommendations for improved performance.
Recent clients for whom we have conducted evaluation include:
Strategic planning is a process by which organisations define their future direction in terms of their vision, aims and objectives. Such processes necessitate the engagement of many stakeholders and need to be informed by thorough research and consultation.
LOCUS is widely experienced in the strategic planning process and the quality of our strategic planning work is based upon our expertise with regard to:
The LOCUS approach to strategic planning is one of practical, participative planning, in which LOCUS ensures that those participating are as informed as possible and well facilitated, to enable them to make important strategic decisions. The LOCUS approach also ensures widespread engagement of all relevant stakeholders and recognises and values the importance of facilitating participation.
The quality of our strategic planning work is demonstrated in our ability to contextualise development within current regeneration policy, providing clients with an understanding and appreciation of the policy framework within which their decisions must be made.
Clients for whom we have facilitated strategic planning exercises include:
Ballymena Borough Council
North Belfast Partnership
As practitioners who have come from backgrounds working in both the community and public sector, Ciaran Boylan and Maria Curran are recognised as being highly skilled in the delivery and understanding of local regeneration initiatives. This reputation has resulted in the commissioning of LOCUS to provide hands on operational support to a variety of both public and community sector organisations in the delivery of local regeneration initiatives. The nature of this support has included:
Clients for whom we have provided support include:
LOCUS has also been successful in the management and delivery of a range of innovative community capacity building programmes which have included: