The Researchery
The research surgery for the voluntary sector

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Testimonials & Contact 

Cat is the first person I think of when I need complex or important work done to a high standard. She wrote the first edition of the World Giving Index for us at CAF in 2010 and laid the foundations for a successful program that has measured global giving ever since. She is very incisive, reliable, and down to earth.
— Richard Harrison, former Head of Research at Charities Aid Foundation
Cat was commissioned to review and assess the ‘Give More’ campaign because her knowledge, expertise and integrity made her the ideal person for the job. Her honesty and diplomacy in this task were both refreshing and essential to the success of the project. I would recommend her to anyone looking for expert voluntary sector insight.
— Tamar Ghosh, Director of the 'Give More' campaign (under the aegis of The Pears Foundation)
The Big Give co-commissioned The Researchery to undertake the UK’s first piece of research on match funding. Despite it being a fairly complex piece of work mixing qualitative and quantitative data and working with several other stakeholders, Cat managed the whole project excellently, from scoping all the way to final design, and we were delighted with the output. She delivered on time and to budget. We have since used The Researchery for other research projects and we would whole-heatedly recommend to anyone looking to undertake social research.
— Alex Day, Director, The Big Give
Catherine led a team that researched and published to great acclaim a unique directory of military charities and analysis of the sector. We required rigorous research, and credible findings, and were delighted as funders that we got all this and more. Catherine’s approach, and particularly her ability to manage disparate stakeholders, ensured a genuinely seminal and strategic piece of work. For that I forgive her bumping me off the Sky News sofa.
— Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust
The Maritime Charities Group commissioned The Researchery to undertake a wide ranging review of the UK Maritime Charity Welfare Sector. Cat Walker and her independent co-researcher Deborah Fairclough delivered a comprehensive, insightful and challenging report entitled “Navigating Change”, which has won plaudits from across our very diverse industry and will influence our sector for many years to come. If you need a small but agile research team that has extensive knowledge of how charities operate, has excellent research and analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex messages in a very clear way, then we would thoroughly recommend the Researchery
— Commodore Barry Bryant CV RN, Director General, Seafarers UK and Chair of The Maritime Charities Group
I was really impressed with the quality of the research produced by Cat, particularly the analysis of the finances and reserves of maritime charities. It was a fascinating read and formed an excellent basis for our conference session on reserves.
— Kate Sayer, Senior Consultant, Sayer Vincent Chartered Charity Accountants
Led by Dr Catherine Walker, DSC’s research team worked closely with us to produce a high quality report on corporate giving that has helped us to explore several new approaches to our corporate partnerships
— Bryony Timms, Senior Research Officer. Oxfam's Report on corporate overseas giving (2014)

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Previous clients of The Researchery

  • Association of Charitable Foundations
  • CGAP (Centre for Giving and Philanthropy), Cass Business School
  • City Bridge Trust
  • City Philanthropy
  • Charities Trust
  • Clothworkers' Foundation
  • Community Southwark / Southwark Giving
  • Directory of Social Change
  • Give More campaign
  • The Maritime Charities Group
  • Pears Foundation
  • RBS
  • Team London Bridge
  • United St. Saviour's Charity
  • University of Kent
  • Wakefield & Tetley Trust