Richard Usher

Richard Usher

Director

My love of working with people and organisations to enable them to reach their potential has driven twenty years of work in the UK voluntary sector and international development organisations. I am a specialist in qualitative research and evaluation approaches – with skills honed working at all levels from grassroots community groups to international research networks.

My work with Just Ideas has focused on research and evaluation in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) sector particularly developing outcomes frameworks for community organisations to demonstrate the difference they make, assessing and assisting organisational development and capacity building, project evaluations and tailoring participatory approaches to evaluation and learning.

Currently work includes a range of Big Lottery evaluations, supporting Our Place and First Steps programmes in Reading and Bristol and supporting InterClimate Network’s Climate Voices project with secondary schools.

I have particular expertise around community engagement; recruitment and management of volunteers; community asset management and transfer; and partnership working between local authorities and the NHS. My professional experience is underpinned by an MA in Anthropology of Development, an international perspective that informs my work and inspires an ongoing interest and understanding of international development and environmental education.