Institute for Connected Communities (ICC)
"Building resilience and safety in online and offline communities"
We are an Institute that puts connected offline and online communities at the heart of our research.
We unite communities, governments, industry, service providers and practitioners locally, nationally, and internationally to produce research that is always people-led and always focused on impact.
From working with some of the poorest, most marginalised and mobile communities in the UK to promote health and reduce inequalities, to working closely with the UK and international governments, safety tech industry, NGOs and charities in the online harms and cybercrime arenas, we are at the forefront of helping those who are initiating positive change in our communities.
We use cutting-edge, evidence-based methodology to produce high quality research that directly influences policy and practice within harms, cybercrime, safety, security, health and wellbeing.
Our ICC team have a unique range of experience and expertise including world leading academics from health, criminology and cybercriminology, psychology, sociology cyberpsychology, policing and law working across the university and wider society.
The ICC incorporates the former Institute of Health and Human Development, the Online Harms and Cybercrime Unit and hosts the Experts@UEL evaluation unit.
The ICC Evaluation Unit provides a range of services from programme and intervention focused evaluations to evaluation methods training and in-house consultancy across a wide range of issues. Drawing on the expertise of UEL academics from a diverse range of subject areas, we have a strong record of high-quality evaluation research utilising a range of qualitative and quantitative methods including:
- innovative digital evaluation methods such as online focus groups and depth interviews
- evaluation research into complex interventions
- evaluation, single and mixed methods study designs
- evaluation methods In-house training
- evaluation consultancy
- evaluation ethics in research and GDPR
We can provide a range of expertise and advice on evaluation research design and the dissemination of findings to different stakeholders.
- Digital safety
- Well Communities (coming soon)
- Social Prescribing (coming soon)
- Young Commissioners (coming soon)
- Kick-Out COVID-19 (coming soon)