About BSDR

Bath Social & Development Research (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. We have since grown the team, but retain a strong connection to CDS.

Our overall mission is to provide research, training, advisory and consultancy services contributing to policies and practices promoting sustainable local, national and global development, well-being and social justice. To date BSDR has defined its remit more narrowly as being to promote better standards of qualitative and mixed methods impact evaluation of public and private investments with explicit social and development goals. The launchpad for this was the development of the QuIP (Qualitative Impact Protocol) within CDS, now curated and nurtured by BSDR.

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 field researchers in countries across the world, as well as QuIP data analysts in the UK. 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.

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