Oswin Baker, rockpool’s founder, has trained National Audit Office researchers in research techniques, has worked with the Consultation Institute to help public sector workers engage with marginalised groups and has written ‘how to’ guides on evaluation for the Local Government Association, the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction and for a number of local authorities and health trusts

Since setting up rockpool in 2011, Oswin has worked with public, private and third sector clients to co-produce workstreams and help them develop and retain research skills. In 2012, he worked with a homelessness charity to train staff so that they could roll out a programme of youth engagement, and in 2014 he worked with a local authority to empower young people so that they could co-produce and then take on a research programme themselves

Since 2015, he has worked as a coach and mentor for a healthcare provider to train staff over the long term in research techniques so that they can learn to recruit to, develop topic guides for and then undertake depth interviews and focus groups