Ann has research qualifications and has carried out quantitative and qualitative research for voluntary and community organisations, statutory bodies and universities.  These have included working for the Countryside Agency in supporting town and parish councils in carrying out rural transport surveys, working with parish planning groups on designing their surveys and conducting feasibility studies for organisations exploring the need for a new building or service.  She has been trained in the use of SNAP software.

Ann has carried out a number of community consultations and has extensive experience of designing and implementing consultation exercises.

Examples of research carried out include:

  • user consultation with young homeless people in Scarborough
  • project evaluations
  • research into the mental health needs of users of a Homestart service
  • research into the capacity of the North Lincolnshire voluntary sector to gain greater access to Lottery funding
  • working with parish and town councils on research into rural transport needs
  • research for Rural Action Yorkshire into the needs for voluntary sector support for rural organisations
  • research for the East Midlands Churches Forum into church and regeneration
  • a research project for Lincoln University on faith based social action and community empowerment
  • research into the nature of BME communities in North Yorkshire for North Yorkshire and York Forum
  • research into supported volunteering for Harrogate and Ripon CVS