Research and Policy
Research and policy has been a core part of Toynbee Hall’s work since the organisation was founded as a University Settlement in 1884. Today we co-produce research alongside local people on a range of issues affecting the community. Our research and policy work provides a platform for local voices to influence thinking and policy-making both locally and nationally based on lived experiences, to create long-term solutions to the systemic challenges people face.
Our research projects
Here are some of our current and recent Participatory Action Research projects.
Making Tower Hamlets Safer
A diverse group of local people from Tower Hamlets conducted research on people’s concerns around their safety and how Tower Hamlets can become a safer, more welcoming community.
Net Zero Transition for Low-Income Consumers
A Participatory Action Research project exploring what a fair transition to net zero should look like for low-income consumers, and how to get there.
A manifesto for Tower Hamlets
A Residents’ Manifesto
10 ideas for the next Mayor of Tower Hamlets, to create a brighter, poverty-free future that we shape together.
More than just education
Toynbee Hall has been working with a group of peer researchers from marginalised of backgrounds to explore how adult education in London can be made more accessible and empowering.
A Participatory Action Research project on the challenges and risks of being a young private renter in East London.
Impact of Covid-19
A Participatory Action Research project exploring the experiences of Londoners disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis and their policy recommendations for a fairer future for all
Take a look through our library to browse our research archive
5 years of Participatory Action Research
Watch the video to find out more about our participatory action research approach
We partner with universities and other organisations on various research and evaluation projects.
Toynbee Hall also conducts internal service evaluation to improve the user journey, improve outcomes and fully understand the issues around poverty, inquality and exclusion to create new services and influence policy.
Here is an example of a recent Peer Research Project where we trained 20 people aged 50 and over to become social researchers in their own communities to find out what the main needs of local older people.
If you would like to find out more or discuss our research and evaluation, please email Research@toynbeehall.org.uk.