Fiona Ward

Visiting Research Fellow
Fiona joined the Centre for Public Health Research as a Visiting Research Fellow in January 2010, having previously worked in the Centre as a Senior Researcher since 2005.

Qualifications

BA, MA

Overview

Prior to working at the University of Chester, Fiona was the monitoring and evaluation lead at the Sure Start Trailblazer in Hollinwood, Oldham. Fiona has had an extensive and varied research career, which also includes working for ten years in research and development in local authorities and five years undertaking research in the fields of housing and homelessness at the University of Salford. Fiona completed a BA in Applied Social Science in 1984 and an MA in Public and Social Administration in 1985. Fiona is also a Social Return on Investment Practitioner, accredited by The SROI Network. In November 2009 Fiona joined Barnardo's Training and Learning Consultancy as a research consultant.

Research

Fiona has a broad range of research interests in the field of social care and work with children, young people and families, as reflected in the research projects with which she has been involved. From her early research into the provision of hostels for single homeless people and complaints procedures for public sector tenants to later work within a social services department and a Sure Start local programme, Fiona has been interested in the way that the impact of a service can be measured and the way that monitoring and evaluation can be used to inform service development. Fiona is currently involved in a number of research and evaluation projects, including one which is applying Social Return on Investment methodology to measure the value created by the placement in an FE setting of a lead professional for emotional health.

Published work

Externally commissioned research reports

Ward, F., Goldthorpe, J., Alford, S., Thurston, M. & Perry, C. (2009). Mapping and gapping services for children, young people and families in Blacon. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F. & Thurston, M. (2009). RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Option One: Social Return on Investment. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Thurston, M. & Alford, S. (2009). RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Final Report. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F. Powell, K., & Thurston, M. (2009). RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - On the Streets Impact Report. Chester: University of Chester

Ward, F. & Thurston, M. (2008). RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Option Two Impact Report. Chester: University of Chester

Perry, C., Ward, F., & Thurston, M. (2008). Parents as sex and relationship educators: A local evaluation of Speakeasy 4 Parents. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Powell, K., Thurston, M., & Cleary, P. (2008). Use and experiences of front-line health services amongst Black and Minority Ethnic residents of western Cheshire. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Thurston, M., & Collier, C. (2008). RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Option One impact report. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Collier, K., & Thurston, M. (2008). RESPECT: Apersonal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Phase Two evaluation report. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Powell, K., & Thurston, M. (2007). Understanding the impact of the Cheshire Children's Fund: Findings from 11 family case studies. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Collier, K., & Thurston, M. (2007). RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Phase One evaluation report. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., & Thurston, M. (2006). Foundation Stage feasibility study for Cheshire Sure Start. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., & Thurston, M. (2006). Understanding risk and protective factors. Findings from a sample of vulnerable young people in Crewe. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., & Thurston, M. (2006). Sure Start Blacon: Engaging with families who are ‘hard to reach'. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Alford, S., Thurston, M., & Pearson, C. (2006). Sure Start Blacon reach report, April 2004 to March 2005. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., & Thurston, M. (2005). Learning from the experience of Sure Start Local Programmes in Cheshire. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., & Thurston, M. (2005). Sure Start Hollinwood outreach survey. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Elliott, C., & Day, C. (2004). I want to play too: developing inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people. London: Barnardo's.

Ward, F., & Day, C. (2004). Oldham's young mums peer mentoring project. Oldham: Barnardo's.

Ward, F. (2004). Support for young parents. Oldham: Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood Project, Hollinwood and Werneth SRB6.

Ward, F. (2003). Local health and advice services for young people. Oldham: Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood Project, Hollinwood and Werneth SRB6.

Hughes, D., Karn, V., Leabeater, D., Lickliss, R. & Ward F. (1991). Housing complaints procedures: Principles of good practice for social landlords London: National Consumer Council.

Ward, F. (1991). Targeting support to those with special needs: Housing single people pp 317 325 in Norton, A. and Novy K (eds), Low Income Housing in Britain and Germany. Anglo-German Foundation.

Garside, PL., Grimshaw, RW, Ward, FJ, (1990). No place like home: The hostels experience. London: HMSO.

Conference presentations and workshops

Ward, F., Thurston, M. & Evans, N. (2009). Using social return on investment to conduct an economic evaluation of a fire service initiative for young people at risk of exclusion. Fire and Related Research & Developments Conference, Moreton-in -March.

Ward, F. & Cleary, P. (2009). Meeting the needs of small and diverse BME populations. UKPHA Conference, Brighton.

Ward, F. (2008). Social Return on Investment (SROI): the economic evaluation of the RESPECT programme. RESPECT Conference, University of Chester, Chester

Ward, F. & Powell, K. (2008). Findings from the impact evaluation of the RESPECT programme. RESPECT Conference, University of Chester, Chester

Ward, F. (2006). Reaching families who are ‘harder to reach'. National Sure Start Conference, Nottingham

Ward, F. (2004). Using research findings: working with volunteers at Sure Start Hollinwood. Paper presented at the National Evaluation of Sure Start Regional Worship, Lancaster

Ward, F. (2003). Learning from the evaluation and monitoring of a Sure Start local programme. Workshop presentation at the Forum for Oldham Research, Oldham

Ward, F. (2002). Establishing Sure Start local programme monitoring systems. Workshop presentation at the Sure Start Hollinwood Celebrating Success Conference, Oldham