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A project evaluation. A training need. A recommissioning.

Areas of Practice


research and evaluations

CPI’s team have in-depth experience of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and have carried out projects ranging from rapid evidence reviews to multi-year multi-site research projects.

We have particular experience in engaging vulnerable and “hard-to-reach” communities and have sensitively delivered successful research projects with a range of vulnerable and marginalised groups.

We continue to explore exciting new approaches to undertaking research and evaluation and can offer a range of quasi-experimental approaches that enable us to answer questions that more traditional research approaches cannot.

We have particular experience of carrying out evaluations for charities that have received grant funding and need to report to the funding organisation to demonstrate the impact that their service has had.


CPI offers a diverse training portfolio including:

·      Understanding commissioning

·      Outcome-based commissioning

·      Service specification development

·      Performance managing providers

·      Market development

·      Bid writing and funding applications

·      Approaches to innovation

This is just a flavour of the training that we are able to provide so get in contact with us to find out how we can meet your training requirements. 

outcome based commissioning

As part of our work in relation to commissioning, we have particular expertise around Outcome-based commissioning. Since our inception in 2000 we have led the way in developing outcome-based commissioning and performance management in England and can help you think how to adopt this approach in your commissioning portfolio. Our Introduction to Outcome Based Commissioning remains a perennial favourite of commissioners around the country.

reviews and needs assessments

We can help you understand the effectiveness of your services and the impact that they are having. We can offer referral pathway mapping, user experience and insight, demand analysis and impact measurement to help you determine whether your services are having the effect that you need them to.

For charities who have received Big Lottery funding we offer Organisational Strengths Reviews.

commissioning and bid writing support

CPI has a detailed understanding of commissioning and have delivered projects across all elements of the commissioning cycle. We have worked with both commissioners and providers of commissioned services meaning that we have unique insight into commissioning from the perspective of all parties.

On behalf of commissioners we provide advice, support, specification writing and training to help you maximise the effectiveness of your commissioning.

For the third sector we provide support and training on how to respond to tenders, how to best position your organisation to enable you to respond to commissioning and how to collect outcome data.