Christopher Dayson

Individual researcher

Principal Research Fellow

Chris Dayson is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Chris’s research focuses on the voluntary and community sector at a local level, including its involvement public service delivery and as a provider of socially innovative solutions to the causes and consequences of multiple and complex social and economic disadvantage. He is currently involved in a senior capacity in a number of research and evaluation projects for local and national public sector bodies, voluntary sector organisations and charitable funders.

Chris has worked in CRESR since 2008 having previously worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the voluntary sector and central government. He has particular expertise in policy analysis and quantitative methods, including economic analysis techniques such as cost-benefit analysis, social return on investment (SROI), and broader methods for measuring and understanding social value.

In addition to his work in CRESR Chris manages University-wide interdisciplinary Centre for Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR), is Practice Editor for the Policy Press journal Voluntary Sector Review and is member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) where his roles include leading on the organisation of the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Conference.

Chris’s main research interests include:

  • the role of the voluntary and community sector in the governance and implementation of public services
  • social prescribing and asset based approaches to health and social care
  • social and public innovation
  • social and public value


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