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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 phase of the research, we explored the effectiveness of the application process and help offered by MSP2 to successful applicants. We are now in the second phase of the research, where we are interested in exploring the perspective of unsuccessful applicants. This research is important in helping DCMS understand what is working well, and what can be improved about the application process and the support offered by MSP2.

We would like to talk to organisations that have unsuccessfully applied for support from MSP2.

Why take part?

This research is important in helping DCMS understand which aspects of MSP2 are working well, and what can be improved.

By taking part in the research, you will ensure that your experiences help to shape the future direction of MSP2, and optimise how MSP2 support for aspiring and existing mutuals is accessed.

What’s involved?

A telephone interview (45 minutes) at a convenient date and time for you between May and June 2019.  

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 unsuccessful applicants to the MSP2 programme supplied to NatCen by the Mutuals Team at the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS). 

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 unless you wish to be named. However, because your contact details have been provided by DCMS, it is possible that some views may be identifiable.  A researcher will check that you are comfortable with your contribution at the start and end of the interview.