Ms Beth Isaac

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I work within the faculty of Business and Law as a Research Associate conducting and designing evaluation research as part of the local evaluation team for the 'Golden Key' Project.  This involves working within an interdisciplinary evaluation team, utilising skills in applied research, evaluation design, relationship management and project management (among others!).   This role particularly suits my passion for research that seeks to impact society, bridging academia and practice.   The Golden Key Project in Bristol is a major investment from the Big Lottery over 8 years to support fundamental change in the way services are delivered to address the needs of people with multiple and complex needs (e.g. homelessness, addictions, offending & mental health) - see http://www.goldenkeybristol.org.uk for further details.

My MSc. in Social Anthropology (UCL) provided a great foundation in anthropological theory and experience of applying ethnographic research to the study of contemporary society.   My research focused on social enterprises and community business and how cultural change is involved through individual and social engagement with such projects.  This culminated in an ethnographic research investigation of a cooperative community enterprise in the Lake District. 

I also bring to my research, experience gained over 14 years working in the private and not-for-profit sectors in a range of roles - including internal communications and employee engagement (particularly through change), data collection through public consultation and engagement at events, project management, account management, and knowledge management.  My professional training (CIPR diploma) included qualitative research exploring the use of narrative and stories to support organisation's internal communication and employee engagement.  I have a BSc. in Psychology and Management.

I work part time at the Office for Students, in the Department for Access and Participation as an Evidence and Effective Practice Manager.  My role at the OfS involves working to improve evaluation practices of access and participation activities, use of evidence, and the wider understanding of which approaches and activities have the greatest impact. ‚Äč

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