UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Skills Enterprise

This page is a summary of the collaboration between Skills Enterprise and UCL postgraduate students and researchers through the Evaluation Exchange.

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Skills Enterprise supports vulnerable and marginalized residents, helping them to develop skills and secure suitable employment.  Their interventions and support covers: Crisis support, skills building, getting job ready, community cohesion and volunteering.

How we worked with the Evaluation Exchange

The team worked together to develop a set of surveys for Skills Enterprise to evaluate the four core service areas outlined in their Theory of Change: welfare, community cohesion, digital skills, and employability. They developed a 'Welcome Pack' designed for all service users to complete at the start of their journey with the organisation and at various stages following this.

Legacy for Skills Enterprise

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The surveys enable the organisation to remain both focused and adaptable, providing Skills Enterprise with a means to measure their aims and outcomes, refine their strategy and resource allocation, and identify avenues for new approaches.

The team have developed a useful outcome measurement tool that will enable the organisation to build common strategies to increase its impact and identify where new approaches need to be built.

Legacy for the students and researchers 

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We have all found producing the surveys a rewarding experience and, as student researchers, we have gained a deeper understanding of the ways in which developing clearly measured skills is often combined with an increase in personal confidence and wellbeing.  



Students and researchers involved
  • Tolu Adebanjo (PhD student, Mental Health)
  • Giulia Cardani (Masters student, Education and International Development)
  • Sameema Rahman (PhD student, History)
  • Yibo Zhao (PhD student, Pharmacy)
Resources from the collaboration

Find out more about the Evaluation Exchange