BSDR is a non-profit research organisation set up to promote research from the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), University of Bath. Our aims are to:

  • Be a development hub for cutting edge applied research from CDS
  • Use new research methods to contribute to positive change in the social & development sectors
  • Provide further research opportunities for CDS alumni and staff as well as wider capacity building across the world

We currently specialise in social impact assessment, through the development and application of the Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) – a simple and cost-effective way to gather, analyse and present feedback from intended beneficiaries about significant drivers of change in their lives. Please scroll down to see more and a short animation on the QuIP.

The QuIP was developed at the University of Bath during a 4 year ESRC funded research project, Assessing Rural Transformations. BSDR has been curating the approach since 2016 by undertaking studies for a range of commissioners. As well as learning from each study, the work has enabled us to start funding the development of a training programme for QuIP Lead Evaluators, Analysts and Field Researchers. We re-invest all funds into development and dissemination work and hope to make QuIP tools and training even more widely available to evaluators in the future.

If you are an evaluator interested in learning more about the QuIP, or a funder interested in helping us fund new action research or capacity building in your sector please get in touch.

Helping to map your organisation’s contribution to social change

The QuIP is a simple and cost-effective way to gather, analyse and present feedback from intended beneficiaries about significant drivers of change in their lives. This groundbreaking approach is promoted by BSDR, a small values-led consultancy founded by researchers from the Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.