WISE Ability Services Dorset


WISE Ability Services’ commissioned evaluation of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) ‘UCan’ project in Dorset

WISE Ability Services is highly committed to ensuring that the delivery, quality and impact of its work should be independently evaluated. As part of its ongoing continuous improvement, WISE Ability Services’ Building Better Opportunities (BBO) UCan project has commissioned DMH Associates, Exeter  to carry out an in-depth study and evaluation on their behalf.

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE is now leading a small team of qualified and experienced researchers working on the evaluation  until June 2023. The evaluation is part funded by the European Social Fund, in conjunction with the National Lottery through the National Lottery Community Fund. The research team led by Dr Hughes comprise: Karen Adriaanse, Senior Associate; Chris Percy, Senior Associate; Helen Plant, Associate; and Dr Erika Kispeter, Research Fellow, University of Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER).

Over the coming months the DMH Associates’ research team will be contacting a wide range of organisations in Dorset, including individuals from public, private and third sectors, to share more detailed information on the evaluation delivery plan.


Provide a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of the impact WISE Ability Services is having through the delivery of the BBO UCan project, including WISE Choices, for adults aged 25 years and over alongside other major stakeholders in Dorset.


  • To review and assess specific interventions and the added-value returns for individuals, Dorset’s economy and local communities.
  • To compare and contrast the impact of BBO UCan with other similar projects and identify critical success factors.
  • To examine the impact of interventions within the BBO UCan project involving participants compared with non-participants in Dorset.
  • To identify key successes over and above the specified objectives underpinning the BBO UCan project, and any areas or activities that may not have achieved as expected.
  • To undertake a cost-benefit analysis, cost per outcome, social value, and returns on investment from the BBO UCan project.
  • To assess the BBO UCan project’s resilience and potential for realising a sustainable legacy in Dorset.
  • To make specific recommendations for how the project could be modified, improved and/or scaled-up to a regional or national approach.

For further details contact: Robert Hughes project Senior Administrator – email: [email protected]