About BSDR

Bath Social & Development Research (BSDR)

BSDR is a non-profit research organisation founded by a small team of researchers from the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) at the University of Bath with the ambition to bring more research into practice.

Our current mission revolves around disrupting ‘business as usual’ in evaluation – promoting better standards of qualitative and mixed methods impact evaluation of investments with explicit social and development goals. The launchpad for this was the development of the QuIP (Qualitative Impact Protocol), curated and nurtured by BSDR.

We are a small hub of like-minded individuals at the centre of a larger network of trained associates, and aspire to stay small – keeping a strong focus on setting the QuIP standard with high quality work of our own, training others to use the approach, and continuing to write and present academic research in related areas.

BSDR offers a range of services to help organisations map the social impact of their interventions. We can offer consultancy for organisations who wish to sub-contract complete QuIP studies, or who require training or support to integrate the QuIP into their existing monitoring and evaluation system. Find out more about our services.

We are constantly growing our network of trained researchers in countries across the world, as well as QuIP data analysts. If you are an evaluator and think you may be able to use QuIP in your work, please get in touch to find out about training opportunities.

Please note that BSDR uses the Bath QuIP methodology and name under licence from the University of Bath which holds a trademark on the name in order to help protect the integrity of the approach. Use of the name without a licence is limited to non-profit dissemination purposes only and a licence for use of the ‘Bath QuIP’ name in association with official evaluation studies will only be issued following full accreditation after training. Please contact us at info@bathsdr.org to notify us if you plan to use the QuIP in your work and we will do what we can to support you.

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.

Below: Coffee washing plant established by Oxfam in Debello, Ethiopia (Tefera Goshu) Right: Our team on fieldwork in Ethiopia