CUSP supports work in communities with consultancy and evaluation of community projects.


Powis Community Needs Asessment

Funding from Aberdeen City Council and the University of Aberdeen is supporting a Community Needs Assessment for Powis Community Centre Association.   This mixed methods study will include semi-structured interviews in 300 households and focus groups with existing neighbourhood groups.


“The people the furthest from power deserve the very, very best”: an evaluation of Media Education

Media Education is a company that offers empowerment programmes to disadvantaged populations in Scotland through the use of media.  An evaluation of a programme for Young Carers by Media Education showed the possibilities and effectiveness of using media training to contribute to the well being of young carers. 


‘A Diamond in the Rough’.

Professor Karen McArdle has completed a study on equine therapy with young adults with autism in association with Camphill in Aberdeen.  A paper on rhythm and its  impact on young adults with autism is being prepared and the report of the ethnographic research is available from  It is called 


Karen McArdle and Rachel Shanks are working with the North East Well Being Project to evaluate a holistic programme for those in alcohol or drug recovery.  This will be done using narrative inquiry, which allows the participants to frame the issues raised and to describe their experience of the programme on their own terms.


‘Developing Learning in Communities; Evidencing Impact’ is the title of a book being edited by Karen McArdle along with Community Learning and Development colleagues Sue Briggs, Kirsty Forrester, Cath Hamilton and Clare Harper.  It is a collection of personal viewpoints and international case studies on the themes of social justice, integration, health and wellbeing, empowerment and poverty.