About: Dr Stephen Connolly

A founding Director of DC Research, Stephen has almost 25 years research experience achieved through a combination of roles in both academic research and private sector research and consultancy.

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Season’s Greetings

All of us at DC Research would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyful and peaceful Christmas, and send you our best wishes for 2019. As ever, this year included a range of interesting and challenging economic, creative and culture research projects for us, as we celebrated our tenth anniversary as a company. More on this in Continue Reading...

DC Research’s Evaluation of HLF Catalyst: capacity building programmes now published

The findings from our evaluation work for the Heritage Lottery Fund about the HLF Catalyst: capacity building programmes have been published.  The findings were included as part of HLF’s #givingtuesday feature about fundraising skills: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/giving-tuesday-how-national-lottery-money-boosting-charitable-giving as well as being the focus of an article about resilience for heritage organisations: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/uk-heritage-more-resilient-following-national-lottery.  The final report from the evaluation is also available via Continue Reading...

Reflecting on Twenty Years of Working Together in Research

Jonathan Durnin and Stephen Connolly have worked together since late 1998.  Both started their professional research careers at the Centre for Regional Economic Development in Carlisle (formerly University of Northumbria, now University of Cumbria).  Following this, they worked together in a number of different research and consultancy roles across the country before establishing DC Research in 2008. Over the past Continue Reading...

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