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About Evaluation of Mutuals Support Programme 2 (MSP2)

Evaluation of Mutuals Support Programme 2 (MSP2)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has commissioned NatCen to evaluate the Mutuals Support Programme 2 (MSP2), a flagship programme offering advice and support to aspiring and growing public service mutuals.

In the first stage of the research, we explored the application process from the view of both successful and unsuccessful applicants. We are now in the second stage of the research, where we are interested in exploring the support offered by the programme and how well it fits the needs of those on the programme. This research is important in helping DCMS understand what is working well, and what can be improved about the support offered by MSP2.

We would like to talk to organisations that were successful in applying for support from MSP2 between January 2018 and February 2019, whether or not they are still on the programme. We are interested to engage those who took part in the earlier stage of the research and those who have not had any contact with the study.

Why should I take part?

This research is important in helping DCMS understand which aspects of MSP2 are working well, and what can be improved for future rounds. By taking part in the study, your experiences will help to shape the future direction of MSP2 and optimise how MSP2 can support aspiring and existing mutuals.

What is involved?

A telephone interview (45 minutes) at a convenient date and time for you between January and March 2020. This could be conducted over the telephone or face-to-face.

Who is carrying out the research?

This research is being carried out by NatCen Social Research.

NatCen Social Research is the UK’s leading independent social research agency. We’re proud to have been carrying out research on behalf of government, charities and other organisations for nearly 50 years.

We are a non-profit organisation, completely independent of government departments and political parties.

Why have I been chosen?

Your organisation has been selected from a list of organisations on the MSP2 programme supplied to NatCen by the Mutuals Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) – with the consent of your organisation. We will include more than one person at your organisation in this research.

How we will use what you say?

We will write a report about the issues that you and others have spoken about for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), which will be published on their website at the end of the evaluation. We will make sure the report does not attribute findings to organisations. However, it is possible that some views may be identifiable to people on the programme. The researcher will check you are comfortable with your contribution at end of the interview.