Recent research publications

Posted on: Tuesday July 10, 2018

We are delighted that a number of research reports that were either written by North Harbour Consulting, or were co-authored...

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Collaboration with Campbell Tickell on the development of a regulatory regime for the Supporting People Programme In Northern Ireland

Posted on: Tuesday July 10, 2018

John Palmer, managing director, has been retained to act as an advisor to Campbell Tickell, who have been commissioned to...

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News update - July 2018

Posted on: Tuesday July 10, 2018

Salma Ahmed and John Palmer completed contracts for the Department for Communities NI (DfC) and the NI Housing Executive (

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SNMA Review for the Department for Communities NI

Posted on: Wednesday July 5, 2017

North Harbour Consulting has just been appointed by the Department for Communities NI to undertake research into the continuing purpose...

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Project evaluation of a Housing First service in Belfast

Posted on: Wednesday July 5, 2017

John Palmer and Salma Ahmed are working with Fiona Boyle (Fiona Boyle Associates) on an evaluation of a Housing First...

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New contracts since mid-2016

Posted on: Wednesday July 5, 2017

The company has been going through one of its busiest periods for more than five years.

Supporting People Programme...

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1996 to 2016 - 20 years and still going strong

Posted on: Tuesday September 27, 2016

North Harbour Consulting was launched as John Palmer Associates in 1996. We incorporated the partnership as a private company in...

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Market research for CHAT - Children's Health and Therapy, Aylesbury

Posted on: Tuesday October 13, 2015

John Palmer was commissioned in May 2015 by New Futures (Buckinghamshire) to advise Children’s Health and Therapy (CHAT) –...

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Evaluation of a Housing First service in Belfast

Posted on: Tuesday October 13, 2015

John Palmer and Salma Ahmed are working with Fiona Boyle (Fiona Boyle Associates) on an evaluation of a Housing First...

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Housing support needs assessment for the Supporting People programme in Northern Ireland

Posted on: Saturday May 2, 2015

John Palmer (North Harbour Consulting), Emeritus Professor Chris Paris (Chris Paris Consulting) and Salma Ahmed (North Harbour Consulting) have...

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Demographic Change and Future Housing Need in Northern Ireland

Posted on: Saturday May 2, 2015

The Northern ireland Housing Executive has published the results of research into demographic change and housing need in Northern ireland....

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Specialist support for the VANA Trust

Posted on: Monday March 23, 2015

The VANA Trust was founded by Nyasha Gwatidzo in 2000 and was registered as a charity in the U.K....

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The effectiveness and efficiency of accommodation-based services funded by the Supporting People Programme

Posted on: Thursday February 19, 2015

John Palmer (North Harbour Consulting) has completed a literature review of Supporting People funded services in England, Wales and Scotland....

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Resettlement from long stay institutions in Northern Ireland - Interim Report now completed

Posted on: Thursday February 19, 2015

North Harbour Consulting and a team of associate consultants have completed the first stage of a research project to review...

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Specialist support for Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust

Posted on: Thursday February 19, 2015

Wycombe District Council is transferring the Wycombe Museum to a newly formed charity – Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust (

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We are joining the Skills Platform

Posted on: Monday February 3, 2014

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is to cease publication of its Directory of Approved Consultants with effect from March...

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Report of the Strategic Review of Supported Accommodation in Northern Ireland funded by Supporting People now published

Posted on: Friday September 27, 2013

A summary of our strategic review of temporary supported accommodation in Northern Ireland funded by the Supporting People programme has...

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North Harbour Consulting taking part in a review of demographic trends and housing requirements in Northern Ireland

Posted on: Monday September 16, 2013

We have been invited to act as specialist sub-contractors to RSM McClure Watters in carrying out an evaluation of...

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Options for the delivery of shared back office services

Posted on: Monday September 16, 2013

We are currently in the process of completing a commission for a partnership of South London councils of voluntary service...

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Did you know that we conduct investigations and enquiries?

Posted on: Monday April 22, 2013

North Harbour Consulting has a strong track record in carrying out strategic and operational reviews and confidential investigations. See...

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Our phone number is changing - 023 9238 6951

Posted on: Wednesday December 12, 2012

We are updating our telephone and internet systems. Our telephone number is changing to: 023 9238 6951. Our...

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Support for business writing and tendering now added to our services

Posted on: Thursday November 1, 2012

Commissioners are formalising and standardising their approach to tendering and procurement. Procurement is increasingly coordinated through centralised procurement teams...

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North Harbour Consulting appointed as an LGA preferred contractor

Posted on: Tuesday September 18, 2012

The Local Government Association (LGA) has appointed North Harbour Consulting as a preferred contractor under the following headings: research,...

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Supported accommodation schemes for homeless people in Northern Ireland funded by the Supporting People programme: a performance evaluation

Posted on: Monday September 10, 2012

This research was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. It evaluated the performance of supported accommodation schemes for homeless...

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20% cut in fees from 1 March 2012

Posted on: Thursday February 23, 2012

Our charity and public sector clients are working in a difficult financial climate. In recognition of this we have...

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New commission - strategic review of a community organisation and social landlord with diverse services

Posted on: Friday February 17, 2012

North Harbour Consulting has been commissioned to carry out a strategic review of a Northern Ireland-based community association which has...

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Long term research project for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive completed

Posted on: Friday February 17, 2012

ABSTRACT
The main focus of this research project was on the performance of supported accommodation schemes for homeless people...

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North Harbour Consulting gets renewed NCVO accreditation for 2012

Posted on: Monday February 13, 2012

One again, we have been accredited as an approved consultant by NCVO for 2012. We offer a discount...

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Confidential investigation for a housing support provider

Posted on: Monday February 13, 2012

North Harbour Consulting has completed a very sensitive investigation into service user complaints in a day centre for people with...

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Equality and Diversity Toolkit now available for download

Posted on: Friday October 29, 2010

The equality and diversity toolkit commissioned by Community Action Hampshire with funding from Capacitybuilders is now available to download here:...

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Surviving the cuts and other new services available from North Harbour Consulting

Posted on: Friday October 29, 2010

In addition to the social research and management support services that North Harbour Consulting has always offered, we are now...

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Interim CEO for Community First for Portsmouth

Posted on: Friday October 29, 2010

North Harbour Consulting has been asked to provide an interim, part time CEO service for Community First for Portsmouth...

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North Hampshire Relate branches merge

Posted on: Friday October 29, 2010

Relate Basingstoke and District and Relate Fanrborough and Fleet have successfully floated a new charitable company follwing the due diligence...

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Find out more about volunteer management

Posted on: Friday August 27, 2010

Volunteering England’s Volunteer Management Portal acts as a gateway to the world of volunteer management with links to over a...

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Due diligence review for Relate branches in North Hampshire

Posted on: Friday August 27, 2010

North Harbour Consulting has completed a due diligence review, option appraisal and financial analysis for two branches of Relate (the...

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Update on accreditations

Posted on: Friday August 27, 2010

North Harbour Consulting is now accredited by the following organisations:
NCVO (the National Council of Voluntary Organisations);

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Community engagement on the Isle of Wight: research, strategy and toolkit

Posted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

North Harbour Consulting has been appointed to carry out a review the approaches to community engagement currently being adopted by...

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NAVCA consultants registration updated

Posted on: Tuesday November 17, 2009

We have updated our registration on the new NAVCA trainers and consultants website. To find out more go...

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North Harbour Consulting appointed as consultants to the Tenant Services Authority

Posted on: Friday October 23, 2009

North Harbour Consulting has been appointed to the Tenant Services Authorities Consultants Framework Agreement specialising in governance. There was...

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Advice for Hampshire Learning on community engagement and social inclusion

Posted on: Thursday October 22, 2009

Hampshire Learning, part of Hampshire County Council’s directorate of Culture, Community and Rural Affairs, has commissioned North Harbour Consulting to...

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Equality review for Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust

Posted on: Thursday October 22, 2009

The aim of the prioject is to carry out a review of equality and diversity policy and practice across the...

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Review of temporary accommodation for homeless people in Northern Ireland: Brief extended

Posted on: Saturday September 12, 2009

The brief for the review of temporary accomodation provided by the voluntary sector and the Housing Executive for homeless people...

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New commission from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Posted on: Wednesday April 15, 2009

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has commissioned North Harbour Consulting to carry out a corporate and directorate-level health...

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North Harbour Consulting selected to be part of the IDeA consultancy framework covering generic skills

Posted on: Friday March 6, 2009

North Harbour Consulting has been selected to be part of the consultancy framework agreement run by the Improvement and Development...

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Kent County Council commissions North Harbour Consulting to advise on strategy and structures for community engagement

Posted on: Friday March 6, 2009

Kent County Council has commissioned North Harbour Consulting to develop a strategy and structures for improving community engagement in the...

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Two new contracts awarded and three under negotiation. A great start to 2009!

Posted on: Monday December 29, 2008

We have been awarded two contracts due to start early in 2009, and we are currently negotiating with three other...

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Prices held for 2009 with a discount for NCVO members and small organisations!

Posted on: Monday December 29, 2008

North Harbour Consulting is holding its 2008 charges for the first six months of 2009, and offers a discount to members of NCVO.

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Review of temporary accommodation and housing options services for Chichester District Council nearing completion

Posted on: Monday October 20, 2008

North Harbour Consulting has been engaged in an extensive review of the policy, strategy, delivery and funding of temporary accommodation...

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New services for Equality and Diversity launched

Posted on: Thursday October 9, 2008

North Harbour Consulting is launching a range of equality and diversity services designed to help local authorities, housing associations and...

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Housing Executive commissions new research into small and medium-sized housing association development programmes

Posted on: Monday September 15, 2008

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has commissioned new research into the strategies that small and medium-sized housing associations in England...

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North Harbour Consulting to carry out equality and diversity training for Fareham Borough Council managers

Posted on: Friday September 12, 2008

We have been commissioned to carry out a programme of equality and diversity training for managers with service level responsibilities...

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Briefing for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the evolution of the mixed funding system for new-build social housing in England completed

Posted on: Friday May 16, 2008

The review of the way the mixed funding system for new-build social housing works in England is complete.

This is a...

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Service Review for Ability Housing Association

Posted on: Monday April 14, 2008

Ability Housing Association has commissioned North Harbour Consulting to undertake a service review of a registered care home in Farnham,...

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Two projects completed

Posted on: Monday December 31, 2007

Two projects to provide advice and support to third sector infrastructure development consortia in Oxfordshire and Portsmouth have been completed....

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Mapping report ready

Posted on: Friday November 30, 2007

The final report of our study of the voluntary and community sector in Bath and North East Somerset is finished....

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