Social Research Partners are experts in research and evaluation of projects that focus on quality of life, creative arts, community engagement, mental health and technology use in relation to these.
Our work has focused on older people and those working with and supporting them. These include people living in the community and in care homes, care workers, unpaid carers and community groups. We have expertise of working with people living with dementia, and projects that aim to improve care homes as places to live and work.
We have also worked on other community development projects, such as those focused on improving wellbeing of children and young people and people with disabilities. All our staff are DBS checked.
Our team is very experienced in public engagement and dissemination: hosting workshops, presenting findings in conferences and seminars, writing reports and journal articles and talking about our work in meetings, events and social media.
Dr Heidi Koljonen
Head of Evaluation
Heidi is a mixed method researcher with a strong academic research and analysis background. Heidi has undertaken extensive work on behalf of numerous public and charity sector clients, including evaluations of local and central government community initiatives. Heidi has a specific interest in soft outcome evaluation and building organisations’ own evaluation capacity. As part of her PhD, Heidi developed an evaluation model and an evaluation toolkit for a large public sector organisations; this was also adopted by many of their partners. Heidi is also a qualified PRINCE2 project management practitioner with a proven track record of successful research project delivery.
Dr Emma-Reetta Koivunen
Head of Research
Emma is a qualitative researcher with experience in academic and consultancy research and evaluation projects. Her key research expertise is in working with older people, including people with dementia, family carers and care workers. Emma has delivered numerous projects focusing on improving the quality of life for older people and people working with them. She has completed specific training on communication with people with dementia or memory problems, and communication with deafblind people.